My Husband The New Reader




This is a tale of beware of what you wish for – you might get it.

My husband is an extremely intelligent man.  He has had a medical practice for 38 years and has received many local honors for his ability as a physician.  But the one thing my husband has never done during the entire 46 years I have known him is read for pleasure.  He only ever reads for information.

Now being a voracious reader since childhood, I have always wanted him to share the immense enjoyment I feel when I am immersed in a good book.  Over the years, I have bought him countless books on a variety of subjects but never could entice him to read them.

This winter Dom semi-retired from his medical practice.  Having this extra time during the winter hasn’t been exactly a gift to him.  He has been at times like a caged tiger pacing the house trying to figure out what to do with himself.  Then one day, while listening to NPR, he expressed an interest in reading the book that was being discussed.

You can imagine my elation at this development.  I quickly went on Amazon and had the book in his hands in two days.  I had images of us nestled in our easy chairs enjoying each other’s company while quietly reading  our books.  Well, the nestled in the chairs image has come to pass but not the QUIETLY READING part.

My dear husband now reads aloud to me passages from HIS BOOK.  I look up, and I smile, but after many days of this I am ready to commit hari-kari.


 Oh well, at least I succeeded in creating another reader.

Wishing you a some quiet reading time this week.


About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

17 Responses

  1. Oh I love that he is loving reading enough to read aloud! I get your frustration though. Hoping you get some quiet time.
    — By the way your permalink for this post doesn’t show up on TWT blog. You might want to repost 🙂


  2. Ha ha! I have to say, I’m just the same as your husband (well, at least when it comes to reading out loud, to the annoyance of my nearest and dearest!) Some lines are just too juicy not to share!


  3. Jenny

    After reading this, I thought to myself, “Isn’t it funny how we pressure others into doing something we love or want them to love, and when they finally give in, it doesn’t turn out how we were hoping it would?” Haha! Great story! I’m glad he’s enjoying reading though!


  4. So funny! My husband reads me excerpts from car blogs. Like I really care about that information? Not! So I retaliate are read to him from slices. Maybe you should share tidbits from your book.


  5. margaretsmn

    This is hilarious! Give him time. Once he settles in to reading for pleasure, he will do so quietly. Because silent reading means faster reading and more books!



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