For weeks I’ve been driving by a wooded area (located in the middle of a small farming town…population 30,000) on my way to a consulting job. What raised my curiosity about this wooded area is that a man is living there in a tent with a campfire. I must admit that I’ve been intrigued as to the story behind this situation. So earlier this week I decided that I would stop by on Friday and drop him off a surprise gift…a chocolate birthday cake and some painted word rocks (my favorite art abandonment project). Who doesn’t like cake?!?
When I arrived he was in the middle of making himself some breakfast over his camp fire. As I walk towards him, he stood up in shock that someone was coming to speak to him. Did I mention it was 6:45am? I told him that I travel for work and that I’ve been driving by here every day and thought that I would drop him off a random gift. He smiled and introduced himself. “My name is Kurtis, but people call me “Hollywood”.
Without even asking, he told me his story. He has recently been released from prison with basically nothing…an old vehicle and this piece of land in the middle of town. As a result of his circumstances he has decided to put his trust in god that everything will work out. The city has been pestering him about the tent, so he moves it every few days in order to meet the city guidelines. He asked my opinion about the city and I told him “You have to do what you have to do!”. He is a proud man who has started his own scrap business from nothing with the goal of building a small wooded cabin in the future. Here is a man that has faced his own failures, is now planting seeds, and creating a new life. As I walked away he said “Have a blessed day!”
P.S. The art abandonment word rocks I left for him…”Trust the Magic”
Explorer of Uncharted Territory
Seeker of Truth
Bodacious Dragon Slayer