At the bookstore we occasionally have clearance sales on books and gift items. They are often items that haven't sold that well. Occasionally we might find something wonderful in the selection, but most often clearance items aren't all that exciting. Clearance items are marked with a large red dot sticker.
One day last week a woman came up to the register. She had brown hair, pulled up in a ponytail and was wearing cargo shorts. She was pushing a stroller with a baby in it and two boys, maybe aged three and four, were with her. She was carrying a boxed set of the 50 SHADES OF GREY trilogy. In a kind of whiny voice, I heard the oldest of the boys say...
"But Mom, you said that if you got something, then we could get something too."
The Mom responded, "Yes, I know, but honey, remember? We like the books that have the red dots of them, and they don't have any of those right now, so you don't get anything today."
The boy said, "Yeah. I remember." His shoulders slumped.
I thought it was kind of sad.
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