Saturday, December 20, 2008
Sounds of Silence
My house has one of the best sounds of silence right now. I think silence bears many forms,carries many emotions. Silence can bring eeriness, sadness, comfort. The quiet of my home is a hush. A whisper. I hear the furnace blowing blessed heat into our living space. I hear a plane far overhead, humming as it carries passengers or cargo to an important destination. And then nothing. No sounds reach my ears. A walk down the hallway presents itself with creaks and groans from the floor and my bones. I hesitate. My baby's breathing sighs... in, out. Deep, asleep. Further down the hall. My first child, slumber resting heavily upon her. A gentle snore, a rustle of blankets. I return to the couch. Me, silence, a good book. An ideal moment, frozen in time, in the midst of a hectic afternoon.