The Rose Palm

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 5, 2005

A grandmother and her young granddaughter are walking down a busy city street. They pass by a homeless man. He is sitting against the cold granite wall of a high rise building. The man doesn’t have a sign, or a cup for begging; He is busily making roses from palm leaves. There are three roses beside him.

The grandmother stops and asks if she could buy one of the beautiful handmade roses. The homeless man smiles and says, “For you kind Lady, it is free.” The grandmother takes out her purse and gives the homeless man $5.

As they walk away, the young girl asks her grandmother, “Why did you give him money? He will probably just buy beer and cigarettes.”

The grandmother replies, “Dear one, it may be his nature to take the money and buy beer and cigarettes, but it is my nature to help a man in need.”

GIVE without expectations or without conditions. Give because it is your nature, not because you want or expect something in return.

Laura Barrette Shannon
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5 comments
  1. Debbie said:

    Thank you for sharing this story. I remember the first time I gave to a homeless woman, then later was admonished for it . . .this helps! 🙂

  2. mdtycho said:

    A wise friend of mine said the exact same thing, so true!!

  3. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned and walked away for the same reasons as the little girl. Hopefully, I will remember this story next time the situation arises. Thanks for the reminder, Kenny T! God bless. 🙂 Dave

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