Violet approached me on Saturday while I was sitting down at a table downtown looking for my next interviewee. She asked if she could sit down in the chair next to mine so she could rest. I had no problem with this but figured she wanted something from me since there were about five other tables around me with about four empty chairs each. I took full advantage of this opportunity to get to know her a little bit.
I’ve actually crossed paths with this woman before. Once, when I was taking graduation pictures of my friend Anna, she approached us selling single stemmed roses. When I told her I didn’t need any roses she persisted to ask for money so she could buy herself some food. I became very annoyed really quickly. I never carry cash on me except that that day I had five dollars in my pocket. Keyword: had.
This time I was a little better prepared. She didn’t ask me for money but did ask me to buy her something to eat. I had no cash on me and quickly started talking to her about my project and she happily accepted to take part. She told me she was born and raised in San Antonio. She loves spending time downtown and says that the downtown locals really take care of her. She voluntarily told me she was born in 1956 and that her birthday is coming up October 12th. When asked how she felt about her birthday coming up she replied she was really looking forward to it and invited me to come back to her home (a.k.a. downtown) on her birthday. I accepted.
Then she asked me if I had a credit card. Ugh….You were doing so well Violet. First I told her I didn’t have good credit. Then, to put a stop to her begging, I continued to tell her I was highly in debt, was in search of a job and still needed to pay my tuition. She opened her purse and took out a cigarette to smoke (I thought she would ask me for a lighter but she had her own). She grabbed her purse, stood up, told me to stay in the shade so I don’t get sunburned and said goodbye.
Ladies and gentleman, Violet.