Homeless lady with baby outside Target today:
Bobina: Please. We are so hungry. We have nothing. Please help us.
Me: I’m sorry I have no cash but I just bought some baby food, here I’ll give you some.
Bobina: What kind of baby food?
Me: Let me see. Earth’s Best strawberry oatmeal, chunky orchard fruit, and split pea soup.
Bobina: Anything else?
Me: Um. No.
Bobina: pause. You know, she’s not really that hungry. But thank you.
This is is far from the first time this has happened so I’m beginning to wonder: Is it me? Am I missing out on some Miss Manners rules of etiquette in proffering items to the homeless? Because honestly, I’m befuddled.