Aphrodisiac? Big Mistake!
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Truth.
Some things, Iâ€™ll keep to myself. Here I am trying to make small talk and being friendly…big mistake.
Iâ€™m in the grocery story and the instant I walk in, I know itâ€™s Â autumn and theyâ€™re selling cinnamon brooms again. I love cinnamon brooms. Just canâ€™t stop inhaling it. The smell permeates the whole store. Iâ€™m delighted.
Finally, I and my cart of groceries and my new broom reach the cash register. Iâ€™m in the shortest aisle and all the others nearby are very, very busy.
â€œOh, Â cinnamon,â€ Â the Â cashier Â says, Â turning Â up Â her nose. â€œYou like these things?â€
â€œWell,â€ she says, â€œyou wouldnâ€™t if you had to be in here for 8 Â hours straight with a store full of cinnamon brooms. Not enough people are buying them. Iâ€™d do any- thing to get them out of the store.â€
I end up chatting with the woman behind me about cinnamon oil and how it should never be applied directly to the skin…unless you really hate the guy.
â€œUh! What is that smell?!â€ Â Another Â woman, Â an acquaintance of the woman behind me, stands directly over the broom in my cart as she interrupts our conversation. â€œI hate the smell of cinnamon!â€ Â she Â declares, Â suddenly realizing that her nose is six inches from my Â cinnamon broom.
The woman Â behind Â me Â continues Â to Â talk Â with Â me about cinnamon, when I mention to her that cinnamon and vanilla are both aphrodisiacs to men.â€
â€œWhat?â€ the cashier interrupts. â€œCinnamon is an aphrodisiac?â€
Before I can answer, she grabs the mike for the storeâ€™s PA Â system. Â â€œAttention Â customers: Â get Â your Â cinnamon brooms Â while they last! This Â lady says cinnamon Â is an aphrodisiac!â€
Guess who everyone Â was staring at on her way out with a broom?!