Let’s Talk with Debra H Goldstein

Alone or Not
by Debra H. Goldstein

Being alone. Is it something you treasure, or does it frighten you?

My husband and sons can’t stand it. They run from one activity to another – from being with one friend to being amid a stadium of people. The idea of quiet solitude makes their skin crawl. They flick the TV remote, futz with a magazine, and finally go off to do something else

My daughters and I are the opposite. We love the hours we lounge, veg, and read. The joy of having time to enjoy a book is something we relish. In fact, one of my daughters once said she’d rather stay home with a good book than waste her time going out with a jerk. Apparently, when she met her now husband, she opted to leave the book home.

But that doesn’t change the fact we easily entertain ourselves without the help of others. As we read, we spend hours with new friends while traveling in their worlds. Consequently, we don’t realize we’re alone. We treasure the time.

How about you? Do you enjoy being alone? Are you alone when you read a book?


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