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This Week’s Prompt: Learn
It’s my first time.
I set a timer, mute the music, and begin. I try to rack my brain for a story. It feels forced, and so I stop and welcome silence.
It hasn’t escaped me all day, the fact that silence has been unreachable. My oldest boy is with Grandma and Grandpa. My husband looks at me this morning, raising his head from his coffee. The two-year-old sleeps soundly two hours past his usual waking time. The baby is already down for a nap. “My goodness Eryn,” he begins, “Zeke is so loud!”
It’s not meant to be a complaint or insult. We’ll miss his constant chatter by tomorrow. But the house is so….quiet.
Yet not silent—because those cicadas, they hum that piercing melody all day long, rising and lowering with one another. I hear it loudest as I sit outside watching my boy silently gather together dead blades of grass, piling them into a “house” for his digging truck.
They sing and break silence. Yet I embrace the quiet nonetheless. Sometimes a constant melody, when heard relentlessly day in and day out, actually becomes the background noise of silence.
I am learning. Learning to hear differently. Learning to spot silence where it might not usually be noticed. Learning to seek it amidst constant noise. Learning to recognize the absence of noise, both in my ears and in my heart—to pursue it.
Raising kids stirs something deep in our souls — an innate knowing that our time is finite. Taking my kids outside in creation, I’m discovering how to stretch our time and pack it to the brim with meaning. God’s creativity provides the riches of resources for teaching the next generation who He is and how He loves us. Join our adventure and discover inspiration and resources for refusing rush, creating habits of rest, living intentionally, and making the most of this beautiful life!
very nice post.
Eryn – I’m with you, I’ve had to learn that silence can come in the midst of great noise. Cicadas, kids, just the clamor of life just happen the way they will and we have to learn to find OUR silence in the middle of it all. God bless!
-Your FMF neighbor (the tardy one:) )
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