Reading On A Rainy Afternoon

October 29, 2021

Reflections, Day 21

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
“Pooh!” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
― A.A. Milne, The House At Pooh Corner.

It was a dark, dreary, and wet afternoon.

I got my book and said to my wife, “Sweetie, I’m going to read a while.”

A while later, when I woke up from my reading, I felt eyes upon me.

There were four eyes. Lightning is the orange cat and Trouble is the black and white one.

They sat perfectly still staring at me. I could only imagine the conversation they had been having:

Trouble: “What did he say he was going to do on our couch?”

Lightning: “He said he was going to read.”

“I wondered what that was called,” said Trouble, “I read a lot, just like John.”

“Yes, I like to read too,” Lightning replied, “but what was that thing on his chest?”

“He calls it a ‘book’.”

Trouble had to think about this. Then he asked, “Doesn’t that look a little uncomfortable?”

“Yes,” said Lightning, “I think I prefer to read without the book.”

“Maybe he will get up soon so we can read on the couch without that noise he makes when he reads.”

“I can’t wait,” said Trouble.

I stood up and went into the kitchen to check out the delightful fragrance. When I looked back, Lightning and Trouble were napping with their heads resting on my book.

—john schulz

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at

5 thoughts on “Reading On A Rainy Afternoon

  1. This post is absolutely hilarious! You described the scene vividly, and the added bonus of Lightning and Trouble discussing “reading” is like extra frosting on an already good cake!

      1. John, did you get the picture of an old wrought iron bench which I sent to your e-mail address on 10-27-21? I wondered if it reminded you of the one you had placed between two trees for a customer a few years ago.

  2. I sent it and several other e-mails commenting on your posts, to because that’s what appears when I click “Reply to” after reading one of your posts, instead of clicking on “Add a Comment.” Will re-send in a moment. Thank you for the correct e-addy. I promise not to bombard you with e-mails now that I know to merely Add a Comment at the bottom of your posts. I really do like your writings. They happy me way up.

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