"Watch out for the Tootsie Rolls!" he called out as I passed him on the sidewalk. I wasn't sure what he was talking about; I thought maybe he was warning me about dog poop on the ground. But when I turned around, I saw he had a handful of actual Tootsie Rolls, and some Dum Dums lollipops as well. He said he always carries candy with him because he likes to make people smile.
Mr. Esposito is 91 years old. We walked a few blocks together and he told me about his family and his time in the military. Seeing me wandering around on a weekday, he must have inferred that I was unemployed, because he asked on a couple of occasions if I was doing all right and wanted to give me some money to buy a sandwich. As we parted ways, he gave me his address and told me to stop by sometime to say hi.