Leonard: What got me in the situation that I’m in now is I went through a divorce some years ago and went crazy and got on drugs. Stayed on them for about four years. I done been to prison a couple of times. But now, you see me with Windex because I’m not going that way anymore. I’m sixty years old. I’m too old for foolishness. I’m trying to get my life together now and my future’s looking good. It is.
BW: Do you have somewhere to stay now?
Leonard: Yes, I pay $35 a day where I stay. That’s the reason why I come out here and clean tires and glass, be a tour guide, I do everything. I pay my rent on a daily basis. I eat on that money and I keep my cell phone turned on. I’m not out here begging.
BW: So you said you got divorced a while ago?
Leonard: I did. I was doing good before that. When I was married, I worked for Fulton County. I actually have some great skills. I do heating and air conditioning and I’m EPA certified. Drugs tore it all down.
So, that’s why you see me out here with this glass cleaner. People have been blessing me. I live on faith now, you know? Even though this was a bad situation, it taught me a great lesson about people. I used to think that people wasn’t nothin’. I used to think that people didn’t care. You just need to go and get your own. But that ain’t how it goes. Believe me, people care. If people see you helping yourself, they’ll help you.