“Someone reading a book is a sign of . . . ”
A few weeks ago, my writing professor put this quote by Mary Ruefle up on the computer. And since the giant guy between me and the projector screen was leaning forward, I couldn’t see the rest. So of course, I filled in the blanks myself.
My mind is not the most, shall we say, predictable. Hubby O’Mine likes to say I use circular logic. I like to say I have an imagination. And frequent silliness. And occasional snark. So here (in order) is where my mind went:
- Someone reading a book is a sign of … intelligence.
- Someone reading a book is a sign of … insanity.
- Someone reading a book is a sign of … unwashed dishes.
Okay, I’ve just admitted I use books as a major form of escape. But what else are novels for, but to get out of our world and into someone else’s? And besides, the dishes get done eventually.
But wait, you cry. What’s the real answer? Well, if you insist:
“Someone reading a book is a sign of order in the world.”
That’s actually pretty deep: How does reading create order? What happens when people don’t read? When a society doesn’t read? (Fahrenheit 451, anyone?) And, of course, for me it begs the question of “if I’m creating order when I read, why is my house so disordered?”
But what I really want to know is:
Where does your mind take you when you read “Someone reading a book is a sign of ______?” How would you finish the quote?
Be whimsical, be insightful, be snarky – just leave your ideas in the comments!