Day 24: Silence

When I get home from a day’s work what I crave the most is silence. During the entire school day I am exposed to noise of some kind: the television running photos and video clips that is outside my classroom door; the chattering of the children as they work on their tasks at the centres or their tables; the sounds of classes in the hall as they move to music / gym / library / drama. I am able to take the noise and do not expect the children I teach to be silent the entire day.

I do, however, need some time out from the noise.

When I get home I organise myself a small snack, a drink, take out my laptop and put my feet up. I ask my girls to turn off any music playing; or for them to wear their headphones. For an hour I dink in the peace as I sit in silence (or as silent as it can be in the city). Thereafter I am able to take a little noise again: music and the sound of the television.

photo (52)© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: silence)

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10 thoughts on “Day 24: Silence

  1. The sounds of children never bother me, but the loud music teens play, or the drone of the TV drive me insane. I never turn the TV on during the day unless there is something major happening in the news that I need to keep up on. Since my husband retired, the TV is on every morning, noon, and evening and sometimes in-between. I haven’t gotten used to it, but I am getting better at tolerating it.

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