Misery Loves Company (Paperback)Rene Gutteridge
Size211 x 140 mm
Number of Pages375 pp
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
At the age of thirty-four, Jules Belleno couldn’t
believe how much routine comforted her.
She remembered watching her grandparents in their old
age, wondering how anyone could be so set in their ways,
so satisfied with uneventfulness. They rose at the same time
every morning—an ungodly hour like 4 a.m. They ate
the same thing for breakfast: half a grapefruit (always split
and sprinkled with Sweet’N Low), a cup of decaffeinated
coffee—hers with cream, his black. They’d walk the dog as
soon as the sun rose. Lunch at eleven, errands or chores in
the afternoon. TV dinners were served at 4 p.m., and their
last and favorite thing was to watch Wheel of Fortune before
they found themselves in bed by seven.
It had seemed like such a ridiculous life to her. She couldn’t
fathom why they wouldn’t go to a movie in the evening or
to the jazz festival or do anything outside their little world.
They had so much freedom and never used it.
Of course, she was in her late teens at the time and
also couldn’t fathom that life was going to be anything but
remarkable and spectacular. How naive she was.
Her grandparents had died within six weeks of each
other, and Jules remembered thinking that was so sad. Now
she understood what a gift it was. A gift that was rarely
She rose every day, without the help of a clock, at precisely
5:57 a.m. She never could figure out why her body chose that
time, but it was where she’d landed.