“Lost my job,” he said. “My ex-boss fired a lot of people after losing heavily in the stock market. But I’ve found a new one.”
He told us he was still playing football.
“The new team is going to Melbourne this year for the Homeless World Cup. I was planning to join them but it’s too expensive. Maybe I’ll visit you in Singapore instead?”
And then he reached into his bag and pulled out his passport.
A boarding pass. Cape Town – Johannesburg. 1 Oct, 2006.
Two years and a lifetime ago. He’d worked hard to get back on his feet after coming back from South Africa. Held down a job, quit gambling, cleaned up his act, even saved some money.
“But they say the economy’s slowing down,” he said. “Look at what happened to my ex-boss. I hope my new job will be more stable.”
We really hope so too.