By Harvey Sherback
Tuesday December 30, 2003

The other day I was feeling a little insecure so I decided to shake off my blues by taking a walk and picking up a few things at the drug store. 

While browsing in the pharmacy’s magazine section, I happened to look up and see this beautiful woman with the word SECURITY written across the back of her jacket in big yellow letters. I couldn’t believe my eyes! 

I went over to her and said, “Excuse me, do you mind if I ask a small favor of you? I’m feeling a wee bit insecure and what I need is a big hug. Since you have SECURITY written all over you, I thought it wouldn’t be out of place to ask for one.” 

Well you can guess what happened next. She called over this huge guy who had SECURITY written all over him too, and they both gave me really big hugs. 

The next time you’re shopping, just call for security. It sure works for me. 


This copyrighted excerpt is featured in Berkeley writer Sherback’s self-published A Collection of Short Reads, available through Barnes & Noble and at amazon.com.