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.
© 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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