Saturday, September 10, 2016

Madalyn and Me

Has Fio ever told you about her encounter with prominent atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair?

It occurred in Fio's salad days, when she had taken a Christmas job hawking British Silver, a line of men's colognes, in a downtown department store. She wore a cute dress made of silver paper, smiled like crazy, and sold, sold, sold.  Then when the regular clerk was on break, she took over behind the counter.

One day, a face familiar from the newspapers appeared, and Fio asked Ms. O'Hair if she could help her. O'Hair gave her a narrow-eyed assessing stare and in a gruff voice, asked for "Wolf Brothers." Fiorella glanced over the stock, spotted Freres Loups, and handed it to her. La Madalyn was obviously taken aback, and Fio realized she had thought she was going to put one over on the vapid little salesgirl in the stupid silver dress.

What she didn't know was that Fiorella was a doctoral student in linguistics.

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