One day last week I asked my wife what it was like to be married to a newspaper reporter. Printed below is what she gave me. So in lieu of my column, we're printing her response. I guess that'll teach me not to ask questions anymore.
A newspaper job isn't a nine to five job. As a reporters' wife I learned that the hard way. I never knew how much time and work went into a newspaper before now. Long hours are just the beginning.
Meetings are a constant, and they are not typical staff meetings. I mean trips to the courthouse for county commission meetings three times a month. Most of those are not during work hours; they're at night. And every Tuesday -- production day -- is a long one. He works 12 hours, if not more.
During football season, every Friday night is a game night. For us that means no home cooked meal. Instead, it's fast food in the car or the press box. That's not the only sport that gets covered. There's softball, basketball, track, soccer, etc. I never know when I'm going to get to eat dinner.
Work takes a lot out of him, but when my husband gets home, he gives another meaning to the word tired. Sometimes, if I have not finished cooking dinner, he comes home and falls asleep on the couch. I let him sleep for a while, but if he sleeps too long, he'll be wide awake all night.
Saturdays are not always days off because news never stops. We try to have family time then, when we can get it. When he has to cover things on Saturdays I sometimes go too. If I don't, I might not get to see him at all.
Three days a week I go and exercise with some ladies from our church. Most of those nights I still beat him home, and we exercise for an hour after they all get through with supper.
Being a newspaper reporter is not a glam job. It takes lots of work and time. When you write, proofread and cover events for a living, that doesn't leave much time to pursue your own interests.
I should know; I read more books than my husband. He started writing a book two years ago and hasn't been able to finish it because of working at the newspaper.
So next time you read the paper, think about how much effort goes into it and the people who gave up their time to bring you that news.