Friday, December 18, 2009


It is what I was looking forward to the most when the boys started school.

I’d missed silence over the past 7 years. There had been so very very little of it. Just an hour or so here and there, maybe a couple of hours if DH took the boys into town for lunch every few weeks.

I love silence.

To just be alone with your thoughts without the constant droning of the daily background noises.

The TV, the radio, the video games, and the people, talking louder to be heard over all the other noises. Havoc cannot just be silent. He must speak. He must say something, make some sound, sing some song, all day long. And if all else fail he can torment his brother into arguing with him.

I spent August imaging those long stretches of silence that would soon be mine. 8 hours a day with no Lego Star Wars, no Boomerang, no “MOOOOOMMMMM!!! HE HIT ME!!!”. Just the sound of air moving around the house.

And it was wonderful! Everything I had hoped it would be!. It was early November before I started to feel like listening to music for a couple hours while I worked.

It has grown from a couple hours of music to most of the day now. My craving for silence has been met & fulfilled. I’m now happy to listen to Christmas music and random stuff on my mp3 player.

It’s a good thing I am ready for noise again in my life.

Today is the last day of school until Jan 4th.

I expect I will be ready for silence again then.


The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Silence is a beautiful sound. And rare. Merry Christmas!

Cheri said...

No doubt you will be ready by Jan. 4. i know I will! I need my daily dose of quiet and almost resent when my teens have a day off school. Shortly I'll be reminding myself to "just breathe" and "go with the flow."

Cindy said...

Right there with you. I had trouble adjusting to having the husband even before the two boys. Our second, like one of yours, is a talker, non-stop. I love work time because I get solitude, and quiet. Peace to you this holiday season. Really.

Creative Junkie said...

My girls have school until next Wednesday and then they'll be off until the first week of January. I'm about to hold a wake for my peace of mind.

SciFi Dad said...

In a twisted, bizzarro world way, we wrote about similar subjects today.

Aunt Becky said...

YES. Except I don't get silence until about midnight. Ever.

Together We Save said...

Silence and Christmas do not go together... but the in Jan. peace comes again.

Carrie said...

Ah, enjoy the silence myself. And while I'm excited for the Winter break - thinking, like you - I will be so ready for early January!