There is a homeless man who most days stands where South Lamar Boulevard and Ben White Boulevard meet.
Usually our exchanges are, of course, limited by the traffic-light cycle. But the last time I went to the southside Central Market I saw him crossing its parking lot, so we had longer to talk.
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This is a continuing series of personal essays connected to Austin. Submit your own Tale of the City (900 words or fewer) to email@example.com for consideration by our editors.
Molly Shannon, an immigrant from the Netherlands, has lived since 1984 in Austin, where she is retired after working as a lawyer for the state attorney general’s office and the city of Austin. She has two sons, one a vice president for Delta Air Lines, the other doing computer work in Afghanistan after retiring with 20 years of Navy service.