A New Kind Of Romance

There is a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Jimmy Buffet, Fruitcakes

This is one of my favorite Jimmy Buffett lines and I was reminded of it today during school. I have been working in the school library the last few weeks and almost everyday, these two ten-year old girls come in to read or look for books they can read together. They’re inseparable.
They’re both chatty and like to engage in conversation, which is okay with me as long as they whisper. No easy task for ten-year old girls.

So today they were talking with me about the books they’re reading and after a few minutes the conversation went like this..

Ten year old: My mom is strict with the books that I read, she only reads Christian books and wants me to do the same.

Me: Well, I’m sure there are a lot of good books in here that she wouldn’t have a problem with you reading.

Ten year old: I know but she only really likes Christian books and romance stuff like Fifty Shades of Grey.

Me: (after what seemed like a five-minute pause which allowed me to digest what I just heard) So she reads Christian books and romance novels like Fifty Shades of Grey?

Ten year old: (as she’s thumbing through her book) Yeah, that’s all she really seems interested in reading.

Me: Well, whatever makes her happy.

Ten year old: (nodding) Yeah, that’s what I say.

I guess I can elaborate a bit here and discuss the obvious but I think the obvious pretty much speaks for itself. So for all you folks out there who read the romance novel, Fifty Shades, those Christian books are just a little further down on the shelf, when you’re done. Then you can put on Jimmy Buffett and Fruitcakes. Somehow it will all come together.

 

69 thoughts on “A New Kind Of Romance

  1. edgar62

    Ok. I have my Cuirass close to me! I thought writers such as Barbara Cartland and others wrote “Romance ” novels – I could be wrong – but from what I have heard and seen ( never read the book nor seen the movie) listening to others, Fifty Shades of Grey is not what I envisaged a “Romance” novel to be – more like pornography for polite people – but I could be wrong. But then again – Fifty Shades of Grey could be to Romance Novels, what The Wild Bunch was to Westerns.

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    1. George Post author

      You’re right about what Fifty Shades is. I think this you’ll get girl questioned her mom about. A book she happened to see and her mom came up with the romance story..:)

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      1. smilecalm

        couple of admirable gray areas;
        Colossians 3:12
        “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” &
        Luke 6:31
        “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” 🙂

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  2. colorpencil2014

    Haha, such a funny story. I have tons of those from when I worked at the library. My fave was this (very) elderly lady who grumbled that she did not like Nora Roberts because she put too much sex in her books. And she knew it all too well because read them all and always wanted her latest so she could keep an eye on her! ;o) I always enjoyed seeing what people loved reading and what it said of their personalities : a sweet stay at home mom who delighted in the Saxon series by Bernard Cornwel and the retired Military man who only read romance ’cause he had seen enough misery. Cheers, Johanna

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      1. aFrankAngle

        Art Linkletter’s quote still stands strong today – Kids say the darndest things.

        FYI – Given your in the same time zone as me, my Christmas Eve post will be available for the Aussies … so I think 5 pm Friday for you.

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  3. Ann Coleman

    Now that is a woman with varied tastes! And I also wonder if she knows her daughter is telling others about her reading material….. Kudos to you for thinking of the Jimmy Buffet lyrics when writing this post. They fit perfectly!!!

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  4. thechickengrandma

    Years ago I taught the 5 year old Sunday school class. I still grin when I think of some of the things those kids shared…..I also grin when I think of the reaction those parents would have had if they only knew what had been shared. And then I kind of go “Whoooaaa” when I think of what my boys might have shared at that age LOL.

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  5. sportsattitudes

    Too funny. If you want to really know what’s going on in a household I guess you just ask the kids. Unfiltered and letting it fly 24/7. There IS a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning but that comes later in life. For kids their “shelf” has no categories, no sections!

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    1. George Post author

      Merry Belated Christmas and Happy New Year Paul. Sorry, I’m so far behind the last few weeks. Just trying to catch up now. I hope you had a great holiday!

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      1. In My Cluttered Attic

        No I understand, George. We had so much family around—everyone just went home yesterday—we felt we were holding a convention! A happy one, but still a convention. Thank you belated good wishes, it was wonderful. Hope yours was as well. Welcome to 2017, lets hope it works better than 2016. Please forgive my late response as well. :O)

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      2. George Post author

        I keep forgetting to ask… Have you posted anything recently? I haven’t been getting anything in my mail and I know you were away for a while but wanted to make sure WP isn’t messing me up here.

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      3. In My Cluttered Attic

        Not to worry, George, WordPress messes with us all. My blog is living proof of that! Why just look at some of the ridiculous posts they’ve allowed me to print of late—before that absurd WordPress blackout was put in place. There was my “2017… Going Where No Man Has Gone Before” which, apparently, many of my former readers took to mean—leave my blog and go somewhere else. Not that I worry about such things, but I have people trying to track down those that went missing. And then there was the infamous post “Breaking Fake News: The Election Is Over” where I discussed in detail last years election—the one I lost. Where my underling, Bob, tried to take over my blog. Some readers even told me it reminded them of another unscrupulous individual who won in a big election last year. There was another election last year, how’d I miss that? 😀

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      4. In My Cluttered Attic

        Well as you you know, today’s politician has to do unusual things to get noticed. Now I realize Attila the Hun, and Vlad the Impaler would never have been caught dead doing a photo op while kissing a baby. But being that I’m just Paul, the Scourge of WordPress, I feel I have to go the extra mile. So if kissing a few babies (difficult as that might be-as they tend to scream a lot when a strange man goes to kiss them) will get me noticed, well then, I feel that’s a small sacrifice to make. George, I’m sure you understand. And if you do, could you take time someday to explain it to me that I might understand it, too? Yours truly: The Scourge. 😀

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  6. Kim Gorman

    That is priceless, George! You couldn’t even make this stuff up. By the way, sorry for the delayed reply. I’m not sure how I missed this, as your posts come up on my emails, not on my reader only. I’m so behind! I am following so many blogs now I may have to stop posting less to keep up with all the great posts!

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  7. roughwighting

    Great double entendre, by the way. This is what is great about living every day. The complexities, the nonsensical, the innocence of children, the ridiculousness of ‘grown-ups,’ all rolled into one messy blob called LIFE. Thanks for sharing, George.

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  8. reocochran

    Well, this could have once been a slice out of “my single mom days!” My kids told their teachers I was dating 3 Dan’s in one month. Well, one was a church friend, one was a parent of my child’s good friend and another was a shop owner who we seemed to run into so much, it may have seemed we were “dating.” I wrote one of my early blog posts about this humorous occurrence. Although I didn’t include their reporting to everyone, including a school principal and minister.

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      1. reocochran

        It was so funny, I could see it on happening on the older show, “One Day at a Time,” George. 🙂 Now, I am excited they are remaking the show and the fine Latino actress, Rita Moreno, is going to play the older generation rep!

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