Giving Up Wine

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

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
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
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!"