Spouse pretty darn good at reading between the lines

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Reading is a natural part of my life and it’s even more natural I would select a spouse who also liked to read. I must be honest, reading wasn’t among the criteria list when I chose to make her my wife.
My betterhalf certainly is one of the Aurora Library’s better customers while I manage to read a couple of daily newspapers, some weekly newspapers and a book or two as well.
The betterhalf, I would guess, consistently checks out a couple of books at a time and can still manage to watch her favorite TV programs, cook a couple a meals daily, clean house and still not stay up half a night reading a great mystery. Talk about “mystery,” it’s puzzling to me how she continues to churn through book after book.
A few weeks ago the betterhalf left me wondering if she hadn’t hit her reading capacity.
 We journeyed down the road and of course among our suitcases was a carry-all holding some reading material. Yeah, between her reading material and the car radio, there’s not much conversation in our car other than with the dog and myself.
This trip was no different as far as limited conversation, but what was in her carryall was an indication she may have carried this reading thing a little too far.
She reached into her bag and pulled out a book and began reading. That went on for several miles and then she closed the book and again drew from the bag another item – her Kindle. Questioning what was going on she answered she was about to read from her Kindle another electronic book.
Two books opened and read alternatively? The betterhalf actually turned to me with a puzzled look as if the situation of jumping from one book to the other and then back to the original book was all a part of her normal reading pattern.
It’s evident the betterhalf has a much larger memory than I do. I can’t complete reading an entire newspaper and remember what lead story appeared on the front page. I’m still blessed. Can you imagine an ex-newspaper man being married to someone who didn’t like to read? That situation wouldn’t make a very good advertisement.
Some have asked me why I sometimes refer to myself as “we” and the reader as “you.” The answer is simple. A writer’s opinion is supported by two (we) instead of one (you).
There’s no question that smart phones, or what we old timers call “cell phones” have replaced face-to-face conversations in our society. I witnessed an example that confirmed my fears.  A gentleman made the comment to another that it was great day.
The man then pulled out his smart phone, gave the current temperature, a complete weather forecast and continued on his way without saying a word.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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