Saturday, May 31, 2008


Most of you know that I work in a christian book store. Well, the other day, I received a phone call from an elderly gentleman who wanted a synopsis of the different vacation bible school material that we were carrying. He listed like fifteen different ones that he wanted to know something about. Sigh. I was not in the most loving frame of mind when I went to get the "big book" to help answer his questions. I decided the easiest way to tell him about the different ones was to just start reading through the different catalogs. The first one is "beach party vbs". I gave him the run down about it, covering the themes and the main scripture and so forth.

And then...

he asked...

"Is there any nudity in it?"


After a moment of stunned silence (where I was waiting for him to laugh...or something), I matter of factly stated, "No sir, there is not." And I went right on to the next vbs description.

I don't believe I've ever had that question in the twenty years that I've worked there. And believe me, I've had lots of unusual questions. (Remind me to tell you about the request for Billy Graham's book on diarrhea or the man who wanted to show us his scars. Here's a hint. They weren't on a visible part of his body.)

And I guess the saddest part of all was that I never found out if this gentleman wanted his vbs "with" or "without." (I'm hoping he just wanted to be sure that there were no scantily clad people cavorting on the beaches. Which I suppose might be a reasonable question in this day and age.)