To Give is to Receive?
I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and
shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.
I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, 'If I give you this money, will you
buy wine with it instead of dinner?" No, I had to stop drinking years ago, the homeless
woman told me.

'Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?' I asked. 'No, I don't waste
time shopping,' the homeless woman said. 'I need to spend all my time trying to stay
alive.'

'Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?' I asked. 'Are you NUTS!'
replied the homeless woman. I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!'

'Well,' I said, 'I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out
for dinner with my husband and me tonight.' The homeless woman was shocked. 'Won't
your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell
pretty disgusting.'

I said, 'That's okay. It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she
has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.'