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Today I am thankful for peace and quiet. It is a blessing to hear the silence from time to time.

The above cartoon looks like me. Add to the cacophony depicted there the sounds of the washer, dryer, dishwasher, cell and land lines ringing, Blackberry beeping, doorbell chiming, dogs barking, kids yelling, “Mom, did you wash my blue sweatshirt?” or “Mom, do I have any clean socks?” or “Mom, can I take the car?” and the husband breezing in from the garage to announce that he wants to bid on some more junk that he’s found on EBay but doesn’t need and . . . well, you get the idea.

Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode from all the sounds vying for my attention! The person who coined the term “sensory overload” knew exactly what I am talking about!

I am a total night owl. Always have been (ask my college roommates!) and probably always will be. During the week, I rarely hit the sack before 12:30 a.m. I enjoy staying up even later on weekends and then sleeping in, especially on Sunday.

One of the reasons is the quiet. BigBob, Buddy, and the kids go to bed, leaving me here with Sophie . . . I can enjoy a few moments posting here, reading e-mail, reading, practicing my flute (they all sleep through my rehearsals). Sometimes I stay up until 2:30 or 3:00 a.m. and then enjoy taking my time “getting with the program” on Sunday morning, moving slowly into the activities of the day. It is a luxury I have been particularly relishing in the past couple of months.

Soon enough my responsibilities call to me and the dishwasher, washer and dryer start singing again. Clothing must be readied for the week ahead, the briefcase searched to make sure everything is complete for Monday morning, the frig checked to assure that lunches can be prepared in the morning, etc.

Ah, but those precious few hours of quiet and lazing about are indeed refreshing and a true blessing that empower me to face another week.

Blog Your Blessings

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.


  1. I could sure use some of those precious moments right now.

    Happy BYB Sunday!

  2. There is nothing like the sound of silence.
    Wishing you more peaceful battery recharging sessions in the near future.
    Loved the cartoon.

  3. This whole situation is SO absurd. Your post strikes as serious for you only. What can we do but make jokes about it?

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