One doesn't always have change to spare, but when someone reaches their hand out, the least anyone can give, is a smile.

This is how all the interactions I have with people panhandling start. With a smile. And a genuine "Hi. How are you?"

I've had amazing conversations with people on the streets, I've learned things about history and geography; I've learned about cultures I'm not from; about our society, about literature, art, and philosophy. I've laughed, and I've cried; I've both felt joy and anger; hope, and despair.

To me, these are so much more than pictures, or even portraits. They are memories; recollections of encounters that shaped me into the person I am today. I've grown more as a human being by speaking with all these people than by listening to all of the teachers who's class I attended during my education.

And I'm sharing them here today for I hope they'll make you want to stop, listen, and grow with these people too.

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#1 Fernand Is Probably The Nicest Guy I've Ever Met. And Many People Commented The Same Thing When They Saw This Picture On My Blog

Fernand Is Probably The Nicest Guy I've Ever Met. And Many People Commented The Same Thing When They Saw This Picture On My Blog

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Giorgio Prodoti 9 months ago

cat persons are the nicest

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#2 Mario Went To Prison After He Killed The Man Who Raped His Little Baby Boy. He Then Lost Everything

Mario Went To Prison After He Killed The Man Who Raped His Little Baby Boy. He Then Lost Everything

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SnoopyCereal 9 months ago

While killing him was a horrible way to solve this, I hope that your baby boy is doing fine.

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#3 I Asked Him What Feeling He Wanted His Picture To Convey, He Said "Love." And I Snapped This As He Was Saying "I Love My Wife"

I Asked Him What Feeling He Wanted His Picture To Convey, He Said "Love." And I Snapped This As He Was Saying "I Love My Wife"

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Dinetk 9 months ago

Worked!

#4 She Once Hit A Man With A Stick, Because He Had Just Done The Same To His Dog

She Once Hit A Man With A Stick, Because He Had Just Done The Same To His Dog

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Neeraj Jha 9 months ago

Totally fair.

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#5 After Posting His Picture, Someone Actually Hired Normand To Do Some Construction Work

After Posting His Picture, Someone Actually Hired Normand To Do Some Construction Work

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#6 He Told Me About The Time A Little Girl Gave Him Her Lollipop And It Made Him Cry

He Told Me About The Time A Little Girl Gave Him Her Lollipop And It Made Him Cry

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UniversalMel 9 months ago

Awww kids are so adorable

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#7 Mostafa Speaks 8 Languages. Including Yiddish

Mostafa Speaks 8 Languages. Including Yiddish

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SnoopyCereal 9 months ago

YAS! Yiddish!

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#8 Fanny Ran Away From Home, And Her Abusive Step Dad, When She Was A Teen

Fanny Ran Away From Home, And Her Abusive Step Dad, When She Was A Teen

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Kat_girl 9 months ago

She needs a hug.

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#9 He'd Probably Convince The Grinch That Smiling Is The Best Thing Anybody Can Do

He'd Probably Convince The Grinch That Smiling Is The Best Thing Anybody Can Do

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Shruti Naik 9 months ago

it is! he convinced me!

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#10 He's Inuk, And He Married A Cree Woman. Though It Was A Difficult For Some People Of Their Respective Communities To Accept, This Was The Happiest Day Of His Life

He's Inuk, And He Married A Cree Woman. Though It Was A Difficult For Some People Of Their Respective Communities To Accept, This Was The Happiest Day Of His Life

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Shruti Naik 9 months ago

his happiness is infectious! im smiling just looking at him!

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