To Give is to Receive?
I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly
shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for
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
'Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?' I asked. 'Are
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
your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and
I probably smell
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.'