Walking away we knew we needed some help in dealing with Ted. What better guidance than the Bible and Siri to ask for help. The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. Siri offered help in dealing with mental illness. Do not make direct eye contact, do not be judgmental, get on the same level with the person. If they are sitting, sit with them. Bring yourself to their level. Hours of reading brought many more tips on how to deal with several types of mental illness.
A week passes and we make a quick trip to Wal-Mart for a canvas bag, which we fill with new shoes, socks, first aid kit and some food. We head for the park and there is Ted sitting in the same place holding onto the plastic bag. We avoid eye contact and set the new canvas bag down next to him. Turning to walk away we say it’s a gift from your brother, look inside.
Over the next few weeks we visit Ted and are able to communicate with him in a cordial manner. In our short visits we always sit and ask how he is doing and if there is anything we can get for him. He always says he is fine and needs nothing.
We see that the new canvas bag we left him is full of things; he is wearing the new shoes and socks. Several visits later we learn from William that Teds birthday has just past so we get a small birthday cake from Stater Brothers and take it to the park. As always we make the visit short and as we begin to leave, Ted says God bless you.