“I kept thinking how defeated I would feel if I had to take handouts. I couldn’t bring myself to interview the people and ask what it felt like.
I knew what it felt like. Lousy.
There had been TV crews all over town, but I didn’t feel excited. I felt they were gawking at us.
When I approached people, instead of saying, “Can I ask you a few questions,” I’d say, “Can I ask you a few questions or would you rather be left alone.”
“Thank you,” a man said before turning away.”
Michael Winerip – NY Times
Thank you, Michael, for understanding – and publishing – the difference.