She just wanted to eat

//She just wanted to eat

She just wanted to eat

This afternoon at Monoprix, a local down-market department store and supermarket, there is a commotion by one of the exits. A woman’s shouts rise, a small crowd has assembled. The guard is trying to wrestle a shopping bag away from the woman. Looks like a foiled shop-lifting attempt. Except that she’s hanging on for dear life to the sack, screaming at the guard to let go of her bag, over and over. « It’s mine! It’s mine! » she’s yelling. Soon another guard arrives, and another.
Her life seems to depend on that bag. And it’s clear that they know her, a repeat « offender. »
« Give us the receipt and you can have the bag, » one of the guards says. « I don’t have a receipt! It’s mine! It’s mine! » she shouts back.
In the increasingly muscular tussle and confusion, some of the contents tumble from the bag. My heart sinks: a cucumber, some cheap cheese… As I suspected, she was « stealing » food.
The three big men manage to shove her screaming into a side room. Can’t have these things happening in public view, after all.
In a daze, I drift off to buy my few provisions. I can’t stop thinking of this woman who just wants to eat.
After a few minutes, I decide I’ll go offer to pay for her food. Then they can just let her be. But when I return to the scene, I see through a small window in the door that she’s surrounded by police. It’s clear there’s now nothing to be done.
And it’s also clear that all she wanted was something to eat.

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Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.

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