I got a fun email from Megan:
” I answered the phone in the usual fashion and was replied to by an older sounding woman who said, “I’m looking for a book for a five year old about the male,” and as a former kids lead well acquainted with people using euphemisms to describe sexuality I think, ‘Wow, she’s starting this conversation early with her grandson but whatever, kids have to learn about growing up sooner or later.’
Knowing that doing a Bookmaster search for growing up books is damn near impossible, I cheerfully respond with, “All right, if you don’t mind, I’ll put you on hold real quick and I’ll go take a look for you. See what I can find,” and she replies, “Okay!” so I put her on old and off I go. After a couple of minutes perusing the growing up section I hop back on the phone and say, “I’m really sorry, I couldn’t find one for five year olds but I found one that is more geared toward an eight year old. Do you think that might work?”
“What do you mean?” she asks.
“Well, there are a lot of words on each page and some of it is a bit complicated,” I reply.
“That shouldn’t be a problem,” she says, “his parents would be reading it to him anyway. But I’m wondering, what do you mean ‘some of it is a bit complicated?’ Like, they go into technical detail about sorting the mail?”
To which I stop. “I’m sorry,” I say, “did you say ‘sorting the mail’? As in the post office?”
“Yes,” she replied, “he received a letter in the mail for Christmas already and wants to know how it works.”
“Wait,” I say, face going more than a little red, “do you mean you are looking for books about sending letters?”
“Well, yes,” she says. “What did you think I meant?”
At that point I couldn’t hold it back anymore. I started dying laughing. “I thought you were looking for a book about growing up! I thought to myself, ‘wow, that is the most polite way I have ever heard the topic referred to in my whole life!'” To which she starts dying laughing.
We must have laughed over the phone together for a SOLID 3 minutes before we could actually talk to each other again.”
What a great email! Thanks so much for the email, Megan!