Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?

Friday, October 24


She was at the beach almost everyday. Travel bag in hand, she would approach people who were sitting on the beach, glance around, and then speak to them. Most times it seemed they responded negatively and she would wander off; but sometimes someone would nod, and then there would be a quick exchange of money for something the girl carried in her bag. Those watching her were increasingly curious about what was going on, and some were starting to wonder if they should call the police.

After a couple of weeks, the wife of one of the couples who had been watching her said, "Honey, have you noticed that she only goes up to people with boom boxes and other electronic devices?"

He had not, but the next day he arrived early with a towel and their big radio and settled himself alone on the beach, figuring that way he could find out what the girl was doing. The plan went off without a hitch. The wife arrived on time to see the girl talk to her husband and then leave, and she was beside herself with excitement to learn what was really happening. "So, what is it? What is she doing?"

He smiled. "She is a battery salesperson."

"Batteries?" echoed the wife.

"Absolutely," he replied. "She sells C-cells by the seashore."


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