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Espoey, France

Sunday, 16 November 2008 - Drawing

Saturday, 15 November 2008 - Text

At the base of the Pyrenees Mountains we stopped at a gas station to use the facilities. As I entered, a loitering man made uncomfortable eye-contact with me. On my way back out he asked me a question. I apologized for only speaking English. He translated his request: he was looking for a ride in the direction we were going, if not across the mountains, then perhaps just 10 kilometers down the road to where he could catch a bus.

I deferred a moment, and stepping aside put the question to Mark and Dan, who were just then exiting the facilities. They both did not want to take on any hitchhikers.

Returning to the man, I told him we could not take him. He said he had seen it in our faces already.

I wished him good luck.

He said, “And I also wish you good luck. May you never find yourself in a situation where you are in need of help and others are frozen.”

a light switch in Espoey, France