Last weekend, I went book shopping for my son. I would have said I went shopping with him, but he was not very helpful. He just started middle school and needs to read three books on three different subjects. After picking the last book, Web 2.0 Heroes, I glanced over and noticed a book on a different shelf called Relationships for Dummies. My son was occupied with a book on inventions, so I thumbed through it for a few minutes. I was tempted to buy it, but I hadn’t come to buy any books for myself. Well, maybe the Web 2.0 book was for me…although it’s my job to train him to become a geek like me. I put the Dummy Book the back on the shelf.
Later, I told Dave, half-kiddingly, how I had seen a dummy book about relationships. Without pause, he said he thought it would be helpful for me. I suppose I could have taken offense to his remark, but I didn’t. That’s what I like about him. He is very kind in his intentions and gentle in his delivery, so he can be brutally honest without hurting my feelings.
A few days later, I was getting caught up on the latest Adventures With Dating and saw a reference to the Dating for Dummies book. I assumed it was the same book I had looked at, but it was not. As it turns out there are a number of books…Dating for Dummies, Internet Dating for Dummies, Relationships for Dummies, Romance for Dummies, Sex for Dummies, etc. Apparently there are enough people like me to keep this publisher in the relationship/dating business.