Hanging out with Malcolm this past week has been more than great. I painted his truck 11 years ago, and thought it was time for an update. Malcolm may be technically homeless, but he has the truck and it’s his home. He may not own much, but he is rich in spirit, optimism, humor and realness.
It’s amazing how much we take for granted. Running water, warm water, electricity, refrigeration, the value of 1 dollar etc. We’re so wasteful and consumed by consumption. When he’d make me sandwiches I caught myself almost throwing the paper plate away, but that paper plate isn’t just a paper plate - it has value and it is respected for what it is, so it’s kept and used again. . The more I painted, the happier he got and the more he wanted to give me. T-Shirts, food that was donated to him, which was very hard to accept at first. But the way it was is just that we both shared what we had, and it’s as simple and as beautiful as that. Great lesson in life. Most of us take without giving because we don’t yet know that giving IS receiving. As they say in Zen: ‘the nature of the bowl is to be filled. If your bowl is empty, go clean your bowl.’
In the end I painted every square inch of the truck, detailing it out and putting all my love into it, working with him on color choices, etc.
Here’s a list of things that would further help Malcolm, if any of u can help or donate these things please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙏:
-solar panel charging system so he can have electricity
-side window glass (it’s currently cracked)
-chest of drawers
Ps: if you ever see him around Venice go say hello, he’d appreciate that 💘 . #givingisreceiving #venicebeach #muchlove #grumantruck #wonderbreadtruck