He was living on the streets and had gone to a hospital for help. In the days after his release, he showed up repeatedly on her porch. One night she let him into the hallway to get warm. But it was hard to let him in farther. Homer could be loud, he could be angry, he could be paranoid. His illness had exhausted her.
One or two nights later when Homer came back, his mother was tired and, wanting relief, she didn’t let him in.
by Jeff Cohen, NPR