Adel inspires me. When he called and said “red dress gone”, panic didn’t need an interpreter. Salvation Army bell ringers get a safe place to store their kettle on breaks. Adel’s was at Macy’s customer service in the mall.
He’d never even seen a mall before. How many times you’ve gotten turned around in there, right? Adel used landmarks to map his path, just like any skilled Somali herder. But, overnight, store inventory changed. So, “red dress gone.”
Adel didn’t quit. He even brought in the fullest kettle one week. He made friends with all the other bell ringers and they were a tough crowd. Wisdom and getting along with others are transferable skills.