Clinging to the old ways

My husband Mark walks into the study where I sit, still in my pajamas and bathrobe, reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” on my Kindle. Mark is dressed. He shoves his feet into the high-top leather shoes he left there yesterday and bends over to fit his heel into the shoe.

I hear the sounds of coffee-making in the kitchen, followed by the coat closet door opening and closing. Then the outside door opens and closes, and I know Mark is making his morning trek down our driveway and up the private drive for his morning paper that the delivery person leaves at the top of the drive.

Mark has national and local news apps on his iPad and iPhone that he reads throughout the day. He follows the Reds baseball team with on his smart devices. He reads long news articles from various sources on his laptop computer at his desk.

But in the morning, he makes his coffee, takes a little walk, sometimes in rain or through the snow, so that he can read his local print newspaper. Just like always.

But for how much longer?


19 thoughts on “Clinging to the old ways”

  1. For a moment I was there with you, in the kitchen.
    I don’t know for how long the newsPAPER will appear, but I know one thing: words and stories will never ever grow old, and will be shared.

    1. You’re right. It’s good to hear from you Marion. I haven’t been around the blogosphere much lately, but I caught a snippet about your empty nest. I hope to stop over and catch up with you sometime soon. I hope you are doing well.

  2. I love the feel of the physical paper and of books, too, but I read so much on my Kindle and computer anymore that they are pretty much interchangeable. The old ways are good and comfortable, though, aren’t they?

    1. I love the physical paper, touch, and smell of books too, but I really like my Kindle with its light when I’m trying to read at night or in bed. 🙂

      1. I totally agree! I got the Paperwhite one for Christmas—I am on my 3rd version and have passed my older ones on to others who did not have one . 🙂

  3. I have read more local papers on our travels through France than ever before in my life. It’s a great way to get a feel for where you are staying or traveling through! There’s just something about that early morning coffee and a newspaper that many of us, like your Mark, enjoy.
    Things, times change and the good side of less newspaper, I guess, is fewer trees being cut down. Or at least one hopes that to be true.

    1. Can you read the language of the papers there? I agree that it is good for the trees, but bad for all those little pesky around the house tasks that I used newspapers for.

      1. oh well yes, I can read French quite well! Have been bilingual pretty much my whole life.
        I hear you though about used newspapers. It’s something I often would run of!!

  4. Such a peaceful post, and a good way to start the day. My husband has a similar ritual. I like the feel and sound of an actual newspaper, but you’re right to question how much longer they’ll be around. So many of them are now online and not printing anymore (or have reduced the number of days they print).

    1. I like the feel and sound of an actual newspaper too, and now that they’re using better ink that doesn’t get all over my fingers, I don’t mind reading them one bit. I also love newspaper clippings, which will be a sad thing if they go away all together.

  5. I can’t remember how long it’s been since we’ve subscribed to a local paper… but I do miss it. Our old lab (now 12) used to run down the steps and retrieve the paper at the end of the driveway every morning — one of my best memories about subscribing to a paper. It’s such a routine. But as you say… for how much longer?

    1. Yes. I’ve thought he should give it up for quite a while now. It’s really just a shell of what it used to be. But he loves the tradition.

  6. You raise some great issues here, Christine. Sara reads a lot of news on her ipad, and I read on my Kindle, but we both still miss the literal Sunday paper. We can’t get any here in English.

    Hope you all are doing well and preparing for the storm.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  7. We lost our paper paper a few years ago. I miss it. Reading news on a device is just not the same…you can do it anytime…and there was something special about going out to the end of the drive and getting it. We always read it right away. It was better that way.


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