Day 6: Beautiful Silence

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge.

I have a confession. I just can’t set the five-minute timer today. It’s been such a chaotic 24 hours with computer issues, my hard drive crashing, and our fridge acting up. Simply too much stress and I can’t take any more adrenalin. Thanks for understanding. ♥

The prompt word for today is SILENCE. (how ironic) Go!



Those who know me well know that I recharge in silence.

Those who know my family well know that they don’t. Ironic, eh?

  • My husband recharges with loud music and movies.
  • Eldest daughter―loud music and her dog.
  • Eldest son―loud music and drums.
  • Younger son―loud music and guitars.
  • Youngest daughter―loud music and arts & crafts.

Can you see the pattern here? At any given time, you can hear anywhere from two to four different ‘noise zones’ in our house. It’s crazy and wonderful at the same time.

I am well aware that, once the kids move out of the house, one of the things parents say they miss the most is the Hustle & Bustle (loosely translated noise and chaos) of the family around them. I get it! So, I’m determined not to waste my moments pining for silence. But, Jesus help me, I still need to cope with my desperate need for a quiet place to think.      Read more

Five Minute Friday – LISTEN

Every Friday, I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE.

I’m amazed again that the prompt word this week is perfectly suited for the circumstances around me. This week, the word is LISTEN. Go!



What an intense week of noise, noise, and more noise! My eldest son is in the final stages of his Grade 12 Trial Exams, and he’s been home all week studying. No, he’s not the typical kid who studies in silence. He’s a drummer. He’s called to be a drummer. He thinks like a drummer. He studies best with LOUD music and drums going on in the background. It’s how his brain works. Read more