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.