Friday, May 14, 2004

Reading Tea Leaves at a Garage Sale

Went to a garage sale today, hoping to buy a few book bargains for my eBay store. Lots of neatly organized everything in the driveway and garage, and on the manicured front lawn. The 40ish couple had done a thorough clean-up of their sunny two-story suburban home.

I found some brand-new books stacked carefully in boxes...."Boundaries in Marriage" by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend; "A Good Marriage" by Mary Englebreit; "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" by Dr. Laura Schlessinger; "Why True Love Waits - The Definitive Book on How to Help Your Kids Resist Sexual Pressure" by Josh McDowell; and "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey.

Me (to the woman): Wow...this Dr.Laura book was just published. And the books look brand new. Are you sure you only want fifty cents each for them?

Woman: Yes, fifty cents is fine.

Me: Sure you want to sell them?

Woman (not smiling): Let's just say they don't work for me. I don't need them ....anymore.

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