I remember waiting for the bus in Salt Lake one day while a bag lady with a shopping cart was making her way down the sidewalk. Her shopping cart was so full of cargo that things would fall out every few feet and she’d have to stop to pick them up.

I must have muttered something like “that sucks” out loud, because the man standing next to me at the bus stop answered me:

“Choices,” he said, as though correcting me.

At first I honestly thought that maybe he knew the lady or her story so that he could say something like that, but it only took a moment to realize that it was just his opinion of the homeless. I was bothered that he had said it, but I said nothing.

I still regret not going to help her put her things back in the cart.