The Story is in the Wallet

Before I send my daughter off to college, I will teach her a trick that will save her a lot of heartache. I’m sure that at first you’ll gasp at what I did back when I was in my mid-twenties and I had no potential suitors. Men were asking me out every week, and I wanted a quick way to weed out the losers.

I riffled through their wallets.

But I had their full permission. How did I get permission? By now you know me well enough that you should know I never pulled their wallet out of their back pocket. Oh, no. I never let them get that close. I waited until he paid for dinner. When his wallet was out, I asked if I could see his wallet.

What made the man say yes? (I never had a man say no.) To diffuse the awkward situation, smile sweetly and make your eyes dance. Say please if you have to. He will take it as flirtation. Since he asked you out, he’s obviously interested in you. Let this give you the confidence you need to pull this off.

Once he hands you the wallet, be quick about it. You’re looking for three things:

  1. A picture of a girl. This is a sure indication that he’s not ready to move on. He’s still in love with that person, even if he denies it. If the man tells you it’s his sister, he’s a liar. No one keeps a picture of his sister in his back pocket.
  2. A condom. If I saw a condom, the date was over. He didn’t care about my purity.
  3. Number of credit cards. If he has 10 credit cards, this indicates that he’s bad with money. One or two is ideal. Amount of cash is no indication of character. Sometimes more cash indicates that he uses cash rather than credit to buy things, which indicates good money sense.

Scripture tells us to be wise as serpents, innocent as doves. I’m telling you this to help your daughters preserve their purity and not get their hearts broken. Do you actually want your daughter to walk into a room alone, with a man who has a condom in his pocket? Didn’t think so.

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