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Silence is golden?

January 7, 2013 - Kristy MacKaben
After three weeks of commotion, chaos and Christmas, today felt a little odd. The kids have been off school for more than two weeks, Scott was off work for almost two weeks, my parents were visiting for three weeks, and my sister, boyfriend and their two dogs were in town for a week. This was the first day of just Johnny and me, and for a few hours, the house was completely still. I usually cherish the calm of naptime, but today was eerily quiet. I missed the everyday sounds—of my mom bustling around the kitchen baking Christmas cookies, or my dad watching “Judge Judy” in the recliner, or Julie pounding away proudly on her new piano. It’s funny how three short weeks can quickly become your everyday routine. How I miss my mom helping around the house and my dad playing games with the kids, and even Julie and Johnny stomping noisily around the kitchen. When the house is motionless as it was this afternoon, it’s hard not to dwell on the rapid passage of time, and yearn for more time with family. It’s not easy living so far away from family. And, while these long visits are wonderful, it sometimes makes the passage of time between visits excruciating. Silence is definitely not golden.


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