I have to tell you about the most unusual week of my life.
My man reads his Bible, and things that are necessary for his job, but that's about it. It’s so hard for me to understand this, but he doesn’t enjoy reading. But he had told me, if you get published, I'll read your book. Well, I honestly wasn't anticipating it. Not at all.
It was quite awhile later, but one night, he gets a copy of my first novel, turns off the TV, and starts reading. He decided that he was tired of people asking him if he's read it and he has to tell them no, especially since he is always telling people that I’m a writer and have published books. I’ll take that free advertisement.
As he turned the first pages of my novel, I've never felt such a combination of feelings in my life.
Nervous: What if he thinks it's stupid? What if he hates it? What if he thinks differently of me? After all, I do write romance.
Weird: Seeing him engaged in a story that I made up left me feeling completely out of my element. I definitely had to do something to keep my mind off what was actually happening. So I grabbed a book to read too. J
Amusement: I burst into laughter a few times. He just looked at me, like, what's so funny? Everything about this is funny. And nothing about this is normal.
Then he tells me what he likes about what he's read so far and how he's impressed. And he not only told me that, he's showing me. Instead of sitting down with the remote, he's sitting down with my book for over an hour. Every Night!!! Because he's interested in the story, y'all.
It's one thing to know people are reading my book, but to have the man I love sitting next to me reading it ... it's indescribable. And I'm starting to get used to this, well not completely. But I must admit, I do love hearing him talk about my characters as he's reading and says he thinks about them throughout the day and how he could definitely see this being made into a movie. ~insert huge grin~
Since he’s read it, he now tells people. “It’s really good. And I don’t even like to read.”
How do you feel when your spouse reads your material?