All the Noise, Noise, Noise: Five Minute Friday

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All the noise, noise, noise! At the risk of sounding like the Grinch, what I wouldn’t do for a little bit of silence. Both kids talking, no yelling, at me at once. Baby screaming. Breast pump whooshing, microwave beeping, kids listening to two different audio book in different rooms at high volume, laundry buzzing, phone ringing. I know my kids think everyone they say is important, but so much of it feels unnecessary and just fills the air with cacophony. They are hurt and offended when I don’t listen to every word and don’t acknowledge or better yet fulfill every request and demand.

If it sounds like I’m complaining, I’m really trying not to. I know that someday my house will be filled with too much silence and I will miss them. But sometimes it feels like some kind of torture. Rapid fire questions that get louder and louder when I don’t immediately respond over the sound of the shrieking baby who is crying for reasons I can’t figure out or I would do something to stop it if I could. Then the accusations begin, “you don’t love us. You don’t care about us. You don’t listen.”

How do I explain that yes, I do but sometimes my sleep addled brain can’t decide which simultaneous comment to address before another is added to the pile.

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The introvert in me is feeling emotionally claustrophobic. I need quiet within not just on the outside. A time to rest my mind instead of being filled with racing thoughts that I can’t even quiet formulate and process because my ears are overstimulated. I need to learn to quiet—the verb not just the noun. To actively quiet my soul, even when I can’t control the chaos around me.  I don’t know how I will do this yet, but I want to learn how, which I suppose is a start.

 

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4 thoughts on “All the Noise, Noise, Noise: Five Minute Friday

  1. Visiting from FMF. I also feel overwhelmed when there is too much noise and too many questions. It’s tough. I think the key, like you say, is to find those moments of quiet for your mind and soul even when you can’t control the noise around you.

  2. Oh boy! Keep on keeping on. My boys are grown up. I have quiet in the house. I’m an introvert too. Someday the quiet will come. And yes, you will miss the noise so much. It’s a transition. In the meantime, try to enjoy the noise. Also, as a bit of encouragement, try having one hour, when the house is sleeping, to just sit with the Lord. It’s totally energizing. ❤️

  3. It’s so true that in the midst of all the loud moments of raising little ones we do forget that they won’t be little or demanding forever. My little girls have grown into bigger girls with different noise, and I find myself still at the point where I don’t necessarily miss the hectic loudness of their younger days. I’m enjoying the more frequent times of quiet our home experiences. Hoping you get a bit of quiet today! ~ Lisa (FMF #73)

  4. In scrolling through the FMF linkup my eyes were immediately drawn to yours. Love the grinch and hate the noise noise noise myself. Enjoy some time to yourself when you can grab it. It’s good for you.

    Lynette
    ~#117 this wk

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