As you know, unconditional love is an affection without limitations. It sees with open eyes, the grit, grime and the beauty and yet embraces, understands and does what one can to make situations and above all, life better. I met this amazing soul with a beautiful smile today. He sits on Sunset + Vine daily and creates art. I've passed by and supported his creativity a few times but we've never been formally introduced and of course I never knew his name. Well that all changed today as I stood by along with two Asian women and one Latina while we watched the cops handcuff, pat him down and threaten to take him in. In no way did we leave his side as we cheered on support from the sidelines.
Thankfully, after a few minutes they let him go.
Mind you, he never asks for money, he sits and creates while passerbys of all races stop in their tracks, praises his art and shows love and support if feeling the need. After they let him go, he expressed to me that he was frustrated, tired, wanted to give up and so much more that I'll keep between he and I, but you know me, I encouraged him to hold on and keep going. He's doing just that.
Oh and btw, this amazing artist's name is Malcolm. Thank you sir, for sharing your honesty and your story with me. I see the greatness in you beautiful Malcolm.