IMPORTANT LESSON

Charity Kayse, email

I WAS walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabbylooking homeless man who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.

So I opened my wallet, took out $10 and asked: “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?”

“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.

“Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?” I asked.

“No, I don’t have time to waste on fishing,” the homeless man said. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.”

“Well, I’m not going to give you money,” I said. “Instead, I’m going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”

The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that?

I replied: “Don’t worry about that. It’s important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking and fishing.”