From her appearance one can deduce that she has no employment, little money, and no home – that she must wear most of her clothes, both for warmth and for ease of carrying, and what possessions she has are carried with her in plastic bags
She is not unusual. There are many other people (men and women) in similar circumstances – living in poverty, at the edges of society, depending on survival on the goodwill and charity of others. In that sense, she is not remarkable.
She was not always thus, though. In her youth, she was a beautiful young woman with a glittering career as a concert pianist beckoning – until things went wrong. (see http://tinyurl.com/cv6vx72 for details)
I mention miss Naysmith to make the point that we should not judge a person on their appearance. It is a mistake to think ourselves superior to someone else because we have more money, a better car, a bigger house, a better education, a more prestigious job, a lighter skin, or higher caste.
Every one has a value. Everyone has a contribution to make if we but allow them the opportunity to do so. Society would be much richer for it. As Amitabh Bachchan said – no person is small or common and . . . It’s time for Indians to rise above the biases of caste, creed, colour and religion. (http://tinyurl.com/cg8tovy) While he was referring to the situation in India, his remarks apply equally to other countries of the world
We each have a story to tell and the most interesting are not always those with the most attractive cover