Q is for Quiet.
I use to crave quiet, when my nest was full. I would hear my kids argue- "It's my turn", "Ma-did you wash my uniform?" "Whose turn is it to the let the dog out?" "I missed the bus."...etc.
I couldn't wait to find a quiet moment in my day. I worked in a fitness facility-where there was loud music, the cranking of the machines, gossip and woe is me stories at the water cooler, and a few proud peacocks strutting their stuff.
Maybe we should add quiet to our to-do lists.
Early mornings-when I step out on my back deck, I hear the birds chirping, the wind waltzing with the trees, and embrace my world waking up. It is short lived before I hear the kids next door argue on their way to the bus stop, the motorcycles reviving their engines-we have three in my neighborhood-this creates a scolding session of barking, by my puppy-Maggie.
We miss sound, when it becomes our background music-even the noise. When my daughter went to college-I started cranking her favorite tunes-loud. I missed my kids' energy, their sounds and noise. My son left a bit before, but he was rarely here-work, college, girlfriend. He would game some nights until 2am and his laughter would wake me.
Now, the kids' sounds come and go. My son was here last weekend-with his two dogs. So, three dogs barking. He has a beagle/lab mix who howls a haunting song when a firetruck goes off.
I miss their moments of magic. These days, I have a rotation of quiet and then sound and noise. My daughter will be home for a few weeks in May. My house will breath differently-there will be singing-she and her fiance were both in a cappella groups and Brenden beat boxes.
It will be Iced coffee and youtube videos-they will sing and perform and then say,
"Let's watch a tiny house show."
How do you find moments of quiet?
Someone said to me-"We need more quiet when we get older"
I don't agree-what do you think?
I have always needed quiet even when I was really young. I was an only child for 6 1/2 years-before my baby brother arrived with colic. Quiet time-for me is time to create, to connect the dots of color in my day, to surf my memories and connect with my soul.
In solitude, I can sift the shore of my memories and find treasure.
When it is quiet-I notice the signs spirit sends me~
Where is your favorite place to find quiet?
I didn't notice at first, but there are a lot of birds in this post-perhaps quiet gives our ideas-a chance to soar, to dream and bask in the sunlight.