Posted on: June 16, 2013

Dare #2: Take a hobo for lunch 

That sounds exactly like something I would want to do…not. Can’t I just take the lunch to him? Does he honestly have to come with me to a public restaurant and eat with me? I guess it was a challenge and I was definitely not going to fail.

I decided to keep this challenge as close to home as possible by taking the hobo right outside one of the UJ gates leading the wondering eyes at campus square. just to be on the safe side I took one of my friends to accompany me and play bodyguard if the needs be.

We went to his “chill” spot, he wasn’t there, while a tiny part of me was relieved that I could do this some other tim there he appeared. We introduced ourselves to this seemingly shy guy and let him know that lunch was on me today. You should have seen the look on his face.

McDonald’s was more packed than ever, you would swear they knew we were coming. As we sat and had lunch, I got to know his story. Thabiso (23) is from Lesotho. he lost his parents at a very young age, came to Joburg with a relative to receive an education, only to find that he would pass on in 2008. He began living on the streets, moved to a home in Brixton from which he and a couple of other street kids were kicked out because of the behaviour of some of the boys. Thabiso then continued living on the streets of Joburg which had previously resembled a better life.

Had he completely lost hope and stopped dreaming? To my pleasant surprise, he hadn’t. He would if possible like to become an engineer, buy a car and a house and in terms of a girlfriend or wife, his response was a “yes” accompanied by a the most shy, innocent smile I’d ever seen.




Lunch with a hobo has made it to my top 3 ‘dates’ ever and opened my eyes to a completely different world.

Thabiso and I

Thabiso and I

Thabiso and 'the bodyguard'

Thabiso and ‘the bodyguard’ (Hlumela)





 Strawberryshare: To those of you who have the means to make your dreams come true, do not take them for granted because others out there can only dream.


Dare #2: Take a hobo for lunch 


6 Responses to "Dare #2: Take a hobo for lunch "

Love love love this post. You’re legitimate bra! Look out for my reblog 😉

Thanks a million Kenosi 🙂

Learning to take every opportunity that comes to make my dreams come true #imblessed

wow powerful Zee!!!!!!

WOW, this genuinely touched me, there’s a story behind each and every one of us. May God continue to use you to bless others Friend.

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  • Zithobile: Wow, thank you so much Nancy. You have no idea how big of a difference that message made. Everyday I'm learning what it means to not lean on my own un
  • Nancy Fisher: Ok you don't know me. I have never run across you or your picture before. I just wanted you to know when I saw your picture, to tell you how beautiful
  • Gavaza: WOW, this genuinely touched me, there's a story behind each and every one of us. May God continue to use you to bless others Friend.



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