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The Salesman...
By Joyce E Bowling
Wednesday, October 04, 2006

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This short story is based on a true story that happened to my aunt...I recently read a poem that a den friend wrote about a red bra, it reminded of this story, but better yet another den friend commented on how they carried one in thier briefcase...well read on you'll get a laugh out of this one. Richard this one's for you!

Written By: Joyce Bowling
Copyright October 04, 2006

The Salesman

Here in the southeastern part of Kentucky it isn’t uncommon in the summer months to see traveling salesman who are trying to make a sale, some extra money, and even earn a living for others. Well, the story goes like this. My Aunt Jean was sitting on the deck of her house where she was drying laundry on a foldable drying rack. As she sat sipping an afternoon cup of coffee and doubling already dried laundry one of the many predictable salesman stopped by to try to persuade Aunt Jean to purchase one of his vacuum cleaners. The young man who was neatly dressed in a suit, in the hot part of July was sweating bullets as he gave Jean his sales pitch. She smiled, continued to sip her coffee and fold laundry while he explained the many possibilities that his sweeper could offer her that would make her life easier. Finally, the young man wiped his brow and smiled a dashing smile and asked, "well what do you think?"

Aunt Jean was a comical kind of character, she always had this wonderful dry sense of humor that some people did not find attractive, but I always and still find it refreshing.

"Now let me see, tell me young man are you married?" she asked.

"Well, yes I am!" he proudly proclaimed.

My Aunt Jean smiled an even bigger smile as she took a long draw off her menthol cigarette, and sip of the black coffee.

"Why do ask?"

"Well, young man I think your wife is going to be a bit upset with you when you go home tonight."

"I don’t understand why…I mean what makes you say that?" the confused young salesman stated.

"Let’s say it this way…uh, you have something in your briefcase that belongs to me." My Aunt Jean said trying hard not to laugh.

"Well, I’m sure I do not!" he quickly added.

"Okay, it’ll be your marriage…by the way how long did you say that you’ve been married?"

With an odd expression on his face the young salesman slowly opened his shiny new briefcase in effort to resolve the confusion.

"Oh my GOD!"

"Told you…" my Aunt Jean replied with a smile.

The young man blushed as he held a bright red 44-D bra between the tips of his fingers. You see in effort to make a sale, he had accidentally closed his case catching the strap of Aunt Jeans’ bra from the drying rack. Do you think his wife would’ve believed this story…? I wouldn’t have!



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Reviewed by Connie Faust 2/5/2008
I would love to have seen his face, probably as red as the bra!
What a great story to bring up time and time again at family gatherings.
We have 4 daughters and one son (the caboose). One Christmas, he opened one of his presents and got a big shock--his frazzled Mom had somehow given him a gift intended for one of the girls--a new bra!

p.s. I don't read the stories very often. I picked a good one!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/6/2008
LOL! I like your aunt's sense of humor too, Joyce! A fun story to read:)
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/19/2007
Joyce, you paint a wonderful picture of your aunt sitting on the porch drinking her coffee and smoking her cigarette. I imagine the young salesman will never forget that event--nor will he close his case without looking next time. Cute story and well told.
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 6/12/2007
There is such a Mark Twain style to this short story. Quite funny! I really enjoy your writing.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/30/2007
lol. This is hysterical. I love it. Boy, would he have been just as surprised as his wife would have been mad. Your Aunt is something else. excellent. Liz
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 5/6/2007
hahaha, a wonderful story!
Love, B&R
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 4/2/2007
Omg, what a hoot! Thanks so much for stopping by my den... sure am glad I stopped by yours!

Reviewed by Crissy Foster 3/31/2007
HA HA omg that's hillarious! Can you imagine what his wife would have thought. I would never have believed that story if I was his wife. Although he is wearing a suit and selling probably a very expensive item so he might make a pretty penny so, I am not sure she would care that much lol
Reviewed by P-M Terry Lamar 3/10/2007
Very funny!
Poor guy - can you imagine his face if he had tried to explain that to his wife?? Your Aunt is a real treasure - and a marriage saver, ;o)
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 2/26/2007

"The Salesman"

Well written and entertaining.
Enjoyed the narrative and the imageries presented here.

Thank you for sharing this true and yet humorous story,
From the Heart of an Artist...
Reviewed by Joyce McDonald Hoskins 2/12/2007
What a great story. Family stories are wonderful. I could picture it happening. Good writing.
The other Joyce.
Reviewed by Jean Pike 2/6/2007
Delightful story! Thanks for providing my smile for the day.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/7/2007
This is great, Joyce! Thank you for sharing this "slice of life." Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/7/2007
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 1/6/2007
I loved the story Joyce. I don't think his wife would have believed him .. Something similar happened to me when I was about 24, only it involved my missing underware...M
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 1/4/2007
Those poor salesmen can really catch it
Delightful story.
Thanks for stopping my way.
Have a great 2007.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 12/17/2006
Hahaha!!!!! This was tooooo funny!!!!! What an entertaining story this is. Thank you Joyce!!!!!!

Wishing you a Wonderful Christmas and the Merriest Happy New Year!!!!!

Lots of love,
Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 10/5/2006
Great down-home humor in a delightful story! So glad I checked in, Joyce!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/5/2006
Too funny; thanks for the grins, Joyce! LOL Very well done; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar 10/5/2006
Poor salesman. My heart goes out for him. Your stories are delightful. Victor
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 10/5/2006
ROF. That one made my day!
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/4/2006
Thank you for the smiles my friend I enjoyed
God Bless
Reviewed by Bennett 10/4/2006
This was cute and funny my friend. I was just waiting for the brief case to open.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/4/2006
I am doubled over in painful fits of spasmodic laughter.

Poor woman - snatched it right off her and the doggone briefcase gobbled it. Considering the size of the bloody thing you would imagine a small earthquake ensued when those mountains were unleashed.

What a bloody hoot!

Thanks Joyce ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by CJ Heck 10/4/2006
That is hysterical, Joyce! All the more so because it's true!! Thank you for the belly-laugh today, dear friend.
This was very well done!

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