She asked for…
1. A place to sit and wait for her husband
2. To trade a dress for her necklace
3. A drink of water
4. A bleach bottle
5. My bracelets
6. A needle and thread
7. A coconut for her hair
8. Headache medicine
13. Some fruit off the tree
14. My spice tins to hold her betelnut
16. My palm frond broom
To which I said…
1. Sure, though it breaks my rule about having people hang around when I’m trying to do school
2. Um, okay. I usually say no, but I do have this dress I never wear. And I THOUGHT I would get two necklaces. My bad.
4. All out
5. No, my husband gave them to me. Said with a smile.
6. No. But here I’ll sew that for you instead.
7. Okay go ahead.
8. All out
12. Sorry, all out
13. Take it.
14. No…um they are still full.
I was overwhelmed with the barrage, but it still felt humourous too.
I sometimes think giving everything away would be easier than just always having to THINK. What precident will this set? Will I have hundreds of people showing up upset that I don’t have anything for them? Will this create dependence instead of independence? An unhealthy get everything for free attitude? Or can I legitimately help this person because they honestly need it.
I always waver. And maybe that’s best. Because its rare a situation is always cut and dried, and that one solution fits all.