Wednesday, December 18, 2013
She is the medical social worker for his case.
Not one to typically ask for help, Holmes is realizing that he just might need some.
The medical bills, housing and continuing care expenses need to be paid.
He said he is physically and mentally fine, but until the doctors release him, he must stay put.
It has given him the opportunity to learn about himself, he said.
Holmes said he misses seeing everyone and appreciates the cards of encouragement and love.
“I’ll never forget everyone’s kindness and love,” he said.
“But this is a transition for me and I guess sometimes you just got to stop and smell the coffee.”
What a life
Hassie Holmes grew up in Charleston, but left the area in 1969 and moved to Connecticut, and remained there for nearly 25 years. Hassie earned an associate degree in electronic engineering technology at the University of Hartford’s Ward College of Technology, and later taught physics at public and private schools in Connecticut. He returned to Charleston in 1993, where he spent one semester as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and another semester at Trident Technical College, also as an adjunct professor.He has been living in his mother’s home taking care of her until she passed away at age 94 in May.He said he has had a well-rounded life, built on the philosophy of hard work. And while he admits his future plans are uncertain and he may not return to his familiar corner, he is thankful for the welcoming arms of so many who helped him and befriended him through the years. People brought him meals, holiday cards with cash at Christmas, tips for his service. He said he’s lived his life under a very wide umbrella, “but once the train leaves the station you can’t do too much more but go with it.”And while this particular journey wasn’t planned, he said he plans to stay positive and find something new to do.“My purpose in life has always been simple,” he said. “I am supposed to give back. And I have done that. It has allowed me to always go bigger and better and to grow whatever it was I was doing at the time.”And after at least 10 push carts, a variety of umbrellas (all shapes and sizes) and the donation of some pretty flashy sunglasses, he said he might just be ready for a change.“And I am always ready he said. You got to stay on your toys. Imagine being able to throw a newspaper in a car window, carry on a conversation, say hi and bye - and do it in less than two seconds?”Holmes said he will remember fondly his work, and the historical milestones that happened during his time selling papers. For example he received 900 papers of the 9/11 tragedy in the drizzling rain. They were the second edition published that morning, but he still sold out. And of course when Harris Teeter continuously ran their $10 off coupon, people would buy papers just to get the grocery store discount. He made sure a coupon was in each paper he sold. Those days bring back fond memories for Holmes, but he has new things to look forward to as well. If his seven-day-a-week appearance on his corner didn’t make him famous, perhaps his cameo in the new music video for Stop Light Observations will. Stop Light Observations is an all-local group. The name Stop Light Observations originated when member John-Keith Culbreth was sitting at the stop light at Hardees on Houston Northcutt. When he was at that stop light and he looked around and noticed everyone looking at each other and taking a second out of their time to observe everything around them and it hit him that Stop Light Observations could be a band name. And then he spotted Holmes, the king of stop light observations. Holmes was on the cover of their last CD and on their T-shirts. And now he has made an appearance in their new video for Smilers of the Night. It goes without saying he has been an inspiration to the band.“Whatever happens, I will keep a positive attitude and find outlets for activity,” he said. “I’m not going to sit around being vegetative. I am in a good state of mind. For now, I just would like to thank everyone for their love and support. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas as well.”