Five Minute Friday – Quiet

five minute fridayFive Minute Friday is my favorite post each week!

I normally start looking forward to the Five Minute Friday reveal as soon as I hit “post” on Thursday (and sometimes sooner!)

It’s the biggest free-writing flash-mob I’ve found on the internet and I seriously love it! I have fun writing, and I love the community that forms the flash mob.

The rules are simple:  one prompt, five minutes to write, no editing (and leave loving comments on other flash mob participants, ok?).  The flash-mob is the brain child of Lisa-Jo Baker and is hosted (hostessed?) at her Tales from a Gypsy Mama Blog.

Last week, I wrote about ROOTS

This week, the topic is QUIET

Five Minute Friday – QUIET

Quiet.

Ironically, my home is anything BUT quiet while I write this.  I have a sick kid who is blasting his cartoons in the room with me.

And I’m the pillow.

Then again, I can’t remember the last time my home was quiet!

Before I married, I used to leave the television on in another room, just for the noise it made.  It kept me from hearing the odd house noises at 2am.

When I was pregnant, I worried about finding enough time and space to be quiet in.  I wondered how I would find two hours a day to just think.

Ha.  Ha ha.  Ha hahahahaha!  Two hours.  When the kids were babies I would have settled for two MINUTES.  Any more than that and I’d fall asleep.

I crave quiet.  I just want enough “space” for my thoughts to expand and fill the room.  I want them to tumble out of my brain and onto the paper where I can tame them.  My head is swirling with too many to-do list items, too many plans, too many thoughts.

My head is a very noisy place these days.

But it’s not going to happen.  Not today.  Not this weekend.

I keep looking at my calendar and trying to find a day for quiet.  And it isn’t there.   Once again, I’m pieces together the quiet as best I can.  I find it in tiny snatches.

Five minutes with a tablet of paper – in the laundry room, in the bathroom, in the pantry.  Tiny snippets when my children assume I’m doing something else.

Three minutes in the closet, when my husband assumes I’m folding clothes.

Two minutes with the shower running while I just stand there… thinking.

Six minutes as I drive home the long way, my kids in the back seat.

Slowly, the minutes add up.  My thoughts tumble onto the paper.  The lists get formed.

And my brain returns to a land of quiet.

STOP.

That’s it for Five Minute Friday.

Five Minute Friday

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Hi Susan. I’m dropping in on your by way of Lisa Jo. I chuckled at your entry as it is OPPOSITE of mine. I have too much quiet. Be joyful in your noise. Too soon, they leave your nest and leave you with just echoes of sound.
    Tina Blankenship recently posted..Five Minute Friday~QuietMy Profile

    • I know I need to be thankful for this season of my life. I am. But it’s been a hectic few weeks and I’m just overwhelmed. I need a tiny bit of space, peace, and quiet before I can appreciate the chaos of my life again!

  2. I hope its an encouragement to know that this describes my life most days, too! It is so true that the minutes you steal away here and there throughout the day do add up eventually! Crazy how we crave quiet and yet when we have enough of it, it feels lonely!

    Christy
    A Heartening Life – http://www.ahearteninglife.com
    Christy recently posted..I Am Not QuietMy Profile

    • It really is a season of our lives. And my husband wonders why I seem so much more scatterbrained than I did when we were dating. If he only knew! I agree – if I actually got the silence I crave, I’d miss my kids like crazy after about an hour.

  3. I always enjoy reading your 5 minute Friday posts. I find I’ve been spoiled by the quiet I get when the boys and my husband are at work. I never was one to have the tv on for company so everything is always “off” unless I am actively listening to it or watching it when I’m alone. As soon as I have my family around though, everything is switched “on” and the noise starts. As much as I love the quiet, I do find I miss the noise for a bit after the weekends end.
    Jean recently posted..Can I Have a More Organized Home in 4 Weeks? Day 4My Profile

    • I don’t keep the TV on during the day now. When the house is empty, I’m more likely to just enjoy the quiet – until I fill it with the noise of the vacuum, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. I write best to music, so there’s always that option.

      For over a year, I didn’t even have THAT luxury. Remodeling doesn’t make for a quiet home during the day. And living in an RV… always noisy.

      What I crave isn’t just a day on the calendar with nothing on it. I crave a room that I can sit in that doesn’t shout at me with the undone tasks. I crave a phone that doesn’t ring or vibrate. I’m searching for a space where I can just turn the phone off and sit until my head clears.

  4. Stopping over from the Five Minute Friday. We moms have to find those moments and places where we can steal away for quiet. Enjoy your weekend!
    Name recently posted..Quiet My SoulMy Profile

    • It IS amazing how creative we get at finding those little spaces for quiet. Who would have thought my laundry room would ever be a retreat?

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