Thankful Thoughts – Headphones

Thankful Thoughts ChristmasWhen I started sharing my Thankful Thoughts each week, I wasn’t sure where it would end up going.  I just knew that it was important.

I had no idea if it would end up being something deep and spiritual or simply profound.

I didn’t plan on being thankful for headphones.

But I am.

At this very moment, I am profoundly thankful for them.

They are all that stand between me and endless hours of video game sound effects.

If you’ve ever tried to write, you know that there is an optimal environment for your writing.  There’s a broad range of conditions that you can write in, even though it isn’t perfect.  And then… there’s the tiny collection of stuff that makes it impossible to even think, let alone write.

For me, video game noises fall into that last category.

Mr Picky and I have been home alone all weekend while my husband and older son have gone out hunting.

(i’m sick of hunting season.  but that’s an entirely different post.)

Neither one of us is exactly sick, but we aren’t exactly well either.  I’ve spent the past few days in 15 minute bursts.  Fifteen minutes of moving around trying to clean and get stuff done… followed by 15 minutes of laying down on the couch.   Mr Picky has spent his time alternating between Legos, cartoons, video games, and snacking.

So at this point, the headphones are my only defense.

It’s not the first time I’ve resorted to headphones as a mom.

When they were both in diapers, they would watch the same DVD over and over and over.  There are entire passages from several DVDs that I can recite from memory.   I learned to put one ear bud in and cram in some adult music.

When I was sleep training the boys, the endless hours of sitting on the floor listening to them cry wore me down.  There were times I just put the earbuds in and listened to something inspirational.  It helped when I started singing along, the boys both seemed to like that.

(no, it wasn’t hours in one night.  don’t hate on me like that!  it was an hour a night for months on end.  they just needed to hear my breathe and see my foot.)

We’ve done long car trips without the benefit of DVDs.  After several hours, the chatter from the backseat can wear anyone down.  There’s only so many knock-knock jokes a person can take.  My husband and I agree that whoever isn’t driving can use earbuds to escape the chatter.

We’ve spent plenty of time in hotel rooms.  When there are several hours between child and adult bed-time, headphones can be a sanity saver.  Ever try sitting in a dark hotel room in the dark listening to your children breathe?  Not fun.

(and yes, the headphones also block out the um… noises from adjoining hotel rooms.)

Sometimes, I’m thankful that OTHER people have headphones.

My husband sometimes plays violent video games.  The kind I won’t let my kids watch and I don’t even want to hear.  I’m thankful he can go in a room all by himself and use headphones.  The rest of us don’t need to hear it.

We now have DVD headrest thingys for the backseat of my car.  Love them.  Love getting to listen to my own music on a road trip.  Loved not hearing “are we there yet” every ten minutes of a 6 hour drive.   Loved not having to hear the dialog that accompanies the Pokemon movie.

Appreciate that the person at the table next to us at dinner provided headphones for their child.  I really enjoyed not hearing the dialog to her princess movie.

Headphones are amazing.

Stop and think about them for a second.  How do they work?  Why don’t they make my ears tickle?  Why does some music sound better using headphones than with regular speakers?

How is it I can hear two different things – one in each ear – and assemble it in my brain to be a single sound?  Why does it sometimes sound like the band is playing in my brain?  And sometimes not?

Why is it that I can tell you exactly what my child is doing (he’s behind me) and know exactly when I need to yank my headphones out out.

(oops, sorry, geeking out.  i still sometimes am amazed by technology.  i remember owning LP’s and 45’s.  i remember big 70’s headphones with the different sized jack.)

So today’s thankful thoughts were brought to you courtesy of my headphones.

I love them.

They’re pink and they match my toes.

What are you thankful for today?

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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. I wish I had headphones. My granddaughter watches the same two or three episodes of Team Umizoomi OVER AND OVER AND OVER! Not only that, on a couple of them, she likes the songs so much she wants me to play them over and over and over! We all know the words to several episodes by heart.

    Seriously, though – I love having them here and at least Team Umizoomi is an entertaining show. I HATE Dora the Explorer and she doesn’t make me watch that anymore!

    • I missed Umizoomi, but I can quote large chunks of Yo Gabba Gabba.

      Dora (and her cousin) were what drove me to headphones. I could live with the Wiggles. I could tolerate Thomas. But Dora drove me to distraction.

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