Re: About Bob the documenting story of Robert Thomas Crawford in Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate. It was so uplifting to read the article on Bob. I feel now more than everÂ honored and grateful for the moments we shared.Â MayÂ my gratitude rekindle inspiration gone dim for those who have had the privilage toÂ know him orÂ just crossed his path.Â
I use to work in an office with 10 other people at Mockingbird Central Plaza. Bob the Vagabond use to come and visit us what seemed to be on a daily bases.Â Most of my co-workers and IÂ were usually tolerant of him. Just a couple of people in our office who weren’t; I thinkÂ mainly because of his smell. They were upsetÂ thatÂ weÂ showed him anyÂ kindness at all. AndÂ that we indulged him by giving him food, drinks,Â andÂ listening to his stories.
After reading his storyÂ I realize thatÂ those who really knew Bob or spent time with himÂ was really timeÂ well spent and not in vain. He probably did more good for us than we ever did for him; youÂ just had to love him. No matter his circumstance in lifeÂ he was always cheerful. As I think back IÂ believeÂ he was a blessing in disguise and not a curse as he was to some.Â Somewhere I read, “Sometimes the cure arrives before the curse, but blinded as we mere mortals often tend to be, we fail to recognize one for what they truly are.” People like Bob are a low blow to society in the eyes of some. Heaven forbid if we shouldÂ make an effort toward being nice to someone who is different fromÂ us.Â
Reading Bob’s storyÂ broughtÂ tears of joy and remorse streaming down my face. Made me wish I had been even more accommodating, tolerant, and kind to him when I had the chance. WhenÂ I had the time I wouldÂ let him sit at my desk and just listen to his stories. Rich or poor I thinkÂ what most of us wantÂ is just someone who will listen. Often he would ask me for a ride home but IÂ always came up with an excuse why I couldn’t. But the real reason was because of his smell. Â So glad he is getting his day in the sun and some glory by telling his true lifeÂ story. Can’t wait till Lisa Johnson, Heather and SebastianÂ Lee, (Â angels in human form ),Â bring his story to the big screen. I’ll definitely be seeing the film andÂ checking outÂ the web-site hisnameisbob.com.
So sorry I didn’t give Vagabond Bob a ride home the times he asked. Would of, could of, should of in hindsight.Â No doubt this film “His Name Is Bob” will be a lesson for all of us in tolerance toward the less fortunate. Knowing Bob I am sure it will be funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, deeply disturbing as the producers hope it will be andÂ it should be. I believe Bob’s main purpose onÂ earth may be to help those of us who are more fortunate gain humility and allow usÂ the opportunity in showingÂ loving kindness towardsÂ others like him. His life story should remind us we can’t judge another unless we’ve walked a mile or two in their shoes.Â Also, hopefullyÂ bring out the best of people andÂ understanding the trueÂ meaning of the saying, “Tis better to give thanÂ receive”.Â The more we give the more we are blessed. Those seeking help from us mayÂ very well be the source of our salvation.
The following is taken out of context from Isaiah 53. It’sÂ about another survivor others have come to know and love that fits Bob’s description somewhat.Â “He was considered stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. He had no beauty or majestyÂ to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”Â I think Bob is blessed by God andÂ under His protected wings of angels. Could be his purposeÂ here is to share his life story and be a blessing to others.Â IÂ am thankful and twice blessed to have made his acquantance. Just wish I’d taken more time, gotten to know him better, and been a better friend.Â