Things that matter most

A man recently walked into a diner with his eyes locked forward while carrying on an animated conversation on his cell phone. A young wife trailed a few steps behind.

Soon they were seated. The two perused the menu, placed their orders and, when their food arrived, began eating their lunch. Through it all, the husband never pulled the phone from his ear.

The man's gastronomical multi-tasking meant a dull lunch for his companion. As he jabbered away between bites, the wife stared straight ahead, keeping silent company with the sandwich and French fries in front of her.

The two didn't swap a single word during the entire meal.

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