Begging Or Canned

               One day, I was waiting for my wife and she was late.  An old
          black man  came along led by a  young boy shaking a  can. The boy
          said, Mr. can you spare a dollar?
          I  pulled the folding  cane out of  my pocket, shook  it out, and
          said,  I am  sorry, but  I have been  out shaking  a cup  all day
          myself. They both murmured their apologies, and moved on.

          Dave Johnson