Oct 10, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
About 3 months ago my roommate came home and introduced me to 2 new friends of his. A lady named Dana who is 28 years old and her 10 year old daughter Delilah.
Dana, Delilah and Dana's brother had just moved into our neighborhood from the L.A. area. Her brother works as a cabdriver and she does not work, nor does she drive or have a driver's license.
To make a long story short, since then, they have been over to the house several times a week for dinner, my roommate has been called several times to take Delilah to school when she missed the bus and also to pick her up in the evenings from school. He says he doesn't mind this because he feels sorry for the little girl.
My roommate has a heart of gold and is willing to help anyone, and so also am I. He suggested that I offer Dana a job at my office. Though I had my doubts, I did and she turned me down.
The last time they came for dinner, Delilah called my roommate "Daddy". I looked at him with a questioning look and then Dana said.."Don't mind Delilah, she never had a daddy." I replied, " Well, I'm just wondering what Melissa ( my roommate's fiancee) would say if she heard that." He agreed with me that it could not continue.
Then Delilah says" I think he should break up with Melissa and marry my mama because he's the perfect man for her." I was speechless.
Now their electricity is off and won't be turned back on for at least 3-5 days. My roommate suggested that since we have an extra bedroom that we invite them to stay with us until they get the utilities restored. I am sorry, but I feel that something is wrong with this picture somewhere. Yes, my heart goes out to them, but I told him I didn't feel comfortable enough having them stay with us but perhaps we could offer to give them the $$$ to have utilities again.
I'm just wondering, where do YOU personally draw the line at helping others?