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leroy’s art gallery

on February 26, 2010

I’ve had the opportunity to ride the bus many times in the past seven years while accompanying my students.  It was about seven years ago that I first met LeRoy.  He is a middle-aged man with disabilities that rides the bus to his job each day.  He carries with him a portfolio full of his artwork, which is done on various different kinds of “scrap” paper, usually wrinkled and torn.

Each time that I run into LeRoy, he undoubtedly strikes up a conversation with someone/anyone on the bus.  It goes something like this:

LeRoy:  Would you like to see some of my art?

bus patron:  um, ok.

LeRoy:  (pulling some krinkled up pieces of paper from his portfolio)  See..?

bus patron:  nice work.

LeRoy:  What’s it worth to ya?

bus patron:  I don’t have any money.

LeRoy:  Oh, ok.

I have seen this take place so many times and have gotten so fond of seeing LeRoy.  I came across him again the other day.  He had written “LeRoy’s Art Gallery” on the back of his jacket with black marker.  I grinned when I saw it.  I usually don’t ever have cash on my person, but I happened to have a dollar in my purse.  I waited about five minutes before LeRoy struck up his usual conversation with one of the patrons.  When they turned him down, I grabbed my dollar and offered to buy one of his “pieces”.  He quickly agreed to that amount and handed me the above picture, which is drawn on the back of one of his old time cards.  He kept grinning at me for the rest of the trip and finally asked me, “Are you gonna put it in a frame?”.  I told him, “Absolutely”. 

I think it’s beautiful.  I love people with disabilities.

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6 responses to “leroy’s art gallery

  1. Katie says:

    I love that. You better hold on to that. You never know…it could be worth something someday:)

  2. Katie D says:

    That is so nice, I bet it made his day. It made me happy for him just to read that. And I like the picture too!

  3. kris says:

    I think it is a beautiful picture, it would make me happy to look at it if I were you. When you are down just look at LeRoy’s picture. I can’t wait to see it in person. You are a good person Andrea, thanks for sharing this with us.

  4. kris says:

    I just read your blog to Bob and it made me cry reading it out loud. I think it is so sweet. I love you Andrea!!

  5. Sarah says:

    Very Cool! You better keep a dollar on you at all times when you ride the bus from now on! You could decorate your whole classroom with his art!

  6. Holly says:

    OK, THAT’S IT, YOU ARE WOMAN OF THE YEAR ANDREA!!!!
    SO MANY PEOPLE SEE THINGS LIKE THIS AND WE IGNORE AND LOOK THE OTHER WAY, BUT YOU JUMP RIGHT IN THERE AND MAKE THEIR DAY, HECK YOU PROBABLY MADE THIS GUYS LIFE BETTER FOREVER.
    YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON.

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