One funny and one disturbing story for you today. I’m working all weekend, 6am-6pm, getting ready for a big event in a couple of weeks, so I have lots of time to kill. It’s not often that the moon is up when I arrive at the office.
I’m taking advantage of my time to respond to my backlog of work emails, get stuff done that never makes it to the top of the priority list, and uncover the pictures and screen shots I’ve taken with the intent to write a post.
My son is closely bonded to my step-dad, who has him overnight once a week. They go exploring frequently and have all kinds of adventures together.
He also regularly takes him to swimming class, which is close to my house. One night, they walked by a stack of stuff that someone had put out on their sidewalk for people to take. There was a pile of books. My son picked three – one for his Dad, one for himself, and one for me.
The one for his Dad? Frommers Guide to Egypt 2009.
The one for himself? How to Train Your Bulldog. Looks about 1970s era.
The one for me?
Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples.
I never asked my Step-Dad, but I’m wondering if he “assisted” my son in picking that book.
The irony for me is I already have it. My Mom gave it to me over a decade ago because of issues I was having in my marriage. One of her cousins was a therapist and suggested it was one of the best books out there. I haven’t read it in ages.
Anyone want a copy?
Several weeks ago my son and I were at my friend Katharine’s house for a backyard gathering with our kids. There were some other women there with their children. We spent a few hours hanging out, talking about husbands / ex-husbands, relationships, and the like.
Near the end of the party, one of the women says to Katharine – “oh, wait, I have those books and videos I brought for you”. She goes out to her car and comes in with this box:
I know the scale may not be clear…but the bin is one of those huge plastic tubs that you get at hardware stores. This woman (who is single, it should be noted), has spent thousands of dollars on books and DVDs / CDs on how to get and keep a man.
I was horrified. Example of one (in the photo) is Mastering Make or Break Moments with Men, which is a whole CD series. Really?
I dunno…I’m all about furthering myself and growing as a human being, but this seems crazy. I can’t imagine spending all this time trying to make myself something I’m not.
Am I off base? Do women really consume this stuff in such quantities? Men, how would you feel about finding out that a woman you’ve dated has read all this content on how to get what she wants from you?