That Isn’t Naturally Where Your Mind Should Go

, , , , , | Working | October 1, 2018

(A young woman walks up to my desk in the bookstore.)

Customer: “Do you have any books on dying naturally?”

Me: “I’m pretty sure we have some in the self-help section. Let me show you.”

(As I’m taking her up to second level of the store, where we keep the non-fiction, I mention:)

Me: “You know, there’s a very interesting website called The Order of the Good Death, if you want to know more about that sort of thing.”

Customer: “Oh, that does sound interesting.”

(She pulls out a pen and paper, asks me to repeat the name, and writes it down.)

Me: “So, on this shelf, we have several books on palliative care and making decisions around the end of life.”

(The customer gives me an odd look.)

Customer: “I was looking for books on dyeing fabric…”

(Understandable mistake, but she must have really wondered why I was telling her about that website.)

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