Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Sound of Silence

So, I'm the oldest of six kids, in case you didn't know.  Quiet has never really been my thing.  When I'm cleaning I want some jams! (For cleaning I recommend Michael Jackson station on Pandora)  When I'm laying by the pool I want some Jack Johnson (haven't tanned since I had kids, but it's nice to remember what relaxing was like)  When I'm puttering on the computer I like ambient noise.  There are several ways to get ambient noise.
  • Kids playing.
  • Windows open with birds chirping
  • TV on

Well I have kids, but one is too little to play and the other is too quiet when she's playing alone.  Up until a couple of days ago its been to cold to open the windows and so?  Lots of TV hours have been logged at this house.

BUT!  I scream.  But, it's only because I hate the quiet, we don't actually watch it.  That's true, we don't.  Not all the time.  Olivia doesn't like to sit still for long.  You know that's not totally true though.  Olivia doesn't know all the words to Doc McStuffins by not watching. 

My mom will read this and I know what her comment will be.  "This coming from the girl who said she didn't want a TV in her home?!?!"  Yep, I said that.  Yep, I still mean it.  But it's one thing to say it and mean it, and it's another thing to do it.  Right?  Because no one is eating brownies any more since we found out they have little nutrition value.  I have a TV and the temptation is there.

I'm working on turning it off more often and now that spring is here and I can open the window and hear yard work being done (side note: that is one thing I love about apartment living.  Yard work is getting done and I don't have to do it!  But I guess I do pay for it, even if indirectly) and that does satisfy my need for ambient noise.

Next winter Axel might be able to play with Olivia a little more, you know, make a little more noise (the good kind.  Both my children are great at screaming, the bad kind).  I guess I just feel lonely with all that quiet around.  Some might say I'm uncomfortable with my own thoughts, but I think the fact that I have a blog shows I'm quite infatuated with my own thoughts. 

So. . . don't really know where I was going with this.  Guess I just wanted to confess.  Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. 


  1. I'm the same way. I usually have the office running on Netflix just for noise during naps. But lately I've just wanted peace and quiet.

    1. I know! After mom mom mom mom mom all day you think I would want that too :)

  2. I do that too - turn on the TV so there's ambient noise. But then when I take a moment to turn the TV off, the silence is golden. I really should just start turning on music for ambient noise - I discovered the classical station on our cable while I was on maternity leave. It was great! I could leave the TV on, but there wasn't any distracting pictures.

    1. Yes I forget about that. We sometimes turn on the toddler music station and I should do that more often!

  3. Yup, me too! When I was a new stay-at-home mom and it was a lot of me and the little dude just hanging around the house. I think it makes you feel less isolated. Now that I teach my older one, the TV is usually only on for my littlest to watch Sesame Street.

    1. We used to watch a lot of Sesame street but its not on at the right times for us anymore. I miss it!


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