Shoes Can Make The Man

Photo: Fin Wilson

When I caught up with Scott for this interview, he was having a good day. In all the years we have known him, he has never been despondent. He is always upbeat and excited to talk to us about toys or games or clothes. He’d just spent the morning second-hand shopping with his Dad. While Scott is over 40 years old, he still loves the same things he did as a child. Some people may even say he talks and get excited the same way he did when he was a child. He loves comics, comic tee shirts/watches and going to Movie World. That is just the way his mind works and it will never change. He always make sure to find Mark and talk to him every week, to tell him about what is new with his world. Amongst other things, he’d scored some C-Ds by the Veronicas for $1.00 each. 

Talking with Scott though, you get the feeling that he manages to find something to be happy about most days. He’s just that kind of guy. It was a bleak stormy afternoon, but the weather didn’t dim his smile even a little, he just cheerfully made sure that his umbrella was protecting me.

As luck would have it, the other good thing about that day was that there was free Dominos pizza on offer at the giveaway, in addition to all their other food. It turns out pizza is Scott’s favourite food.

So, Scott was a little distracted when we spoke, but he still managed to tell me that he loves coming to the food giveaway, not just because of the food but also because it gives him the chance to catch up with friends. Community Friends is a very important part of Scott’s support network. We love him and accept him for way he is. The place wouldn’t be the same without him.

He has been coming to the giveaway for so many years, that he can’t even remember when he first heard about it. It helps him make ends meet, he says, which isn’t always easy.

Scott has been living in South Brisbane for many years. He works at Rocklea Wesley Mission 3 days a week. His main job is packing shampoo, and he has been there for more than_15 years. 

Even though he’s been there so long, Scott says he has no plans to leave – it is easy to reach by train, and he enjoys the work. 

When our photographer arrived, Scott posed like a natural and then suddenly remembered his new red shoes, asking us to make sure they were in the photo. They are his favourites.

Thanks to Kathy Wilson for this story.

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