The Homeless Woman

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>A woman was walking down the street when she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked her for a couple of dollars for dinner.

>The woman took out her wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some wine with it instead of dinner?”

>”No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless woman replied.

>”Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?” the woman 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?” the woman asked.

>”Are you nuts?” replied the homeless woman. “I haven’t had my hair done in 20 years!”

>”Well,” said the woman, “I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you out for dinner with my husband and myself tonight.”

>The homeless woman was astounded. “Won’t your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.”

>The woman replied, “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.”