Never do unto others what you would have others do unto you. They might have different tastes.
—George Bernard Shaw
Some kind of help is the kind of help that helping’s all about. Some kind of help is the kind of help we can all do without.
—Marlo Thomas in Free to Be Me and You
bikehikebabe has been experiencing the difference in kinds of help lately, as she recovers from her hip replacement. She has been listening to books on CDs and asked her husband to pick some up at the library for her. She told him to just look for women authors and don’t read the description on the back of the jacket, because if he would like it, she wouldn’t. She would take her chances on random women authors. Unfortunately he couldn’t resist reading the descriptions and brought home CDs that he would like in her situation…stories about international intrigue.
In fairness he did bring home one story by a woman author, as she requested, and it turned out to be too mushy with no plot. The ones he picked were actually better. So who’s to tell how one’s efforts will turn out? Still it’s usually a good idea to try to listen to what the other person thinks she wants. 😉
Do you have any suggestions for books bikehikebabe might like? What are some of your favorites? She would appreciate your ideas.