Silence is Golden
Or is it? In building this blog my main focus is going to be crafting, but being a mom is an integral part of my life. So naturally it’s going to splash onto all of my posts. I decided today to participate in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This weeks topic is Silence, and my photo will be posted at the bottom of the page.
Silence can be scary when you’re a new mom. When a baby is screaming, silence is something you hope for, but when it actually happens it can kick off a panic. Is he breathing? Is he alive?? Babies and never truly silent, if you listen close enough that is. Even when sleeping you can hear their breathing, and when they have a bottle or paci they make a sucking noise. My guy in particular is very noisy in his sleep and while eating, which is always reassuring to me. The little squeaks and grunts he makes when sleeping make me wonder what adventures he’s dreaming of. Do babies dream? (That could be a whole blog post on it’s own!)
Time for thinking
I also find that silence is a time of reflection. When I’m feeding my guy I let my mind drift off. I usually think of assembling patterns for products in new ways. Trying to make them more time efficient, or use less fabric for higher profit. I think of designs I’d want to make, of new crafts in general. What could I do with that leftover yarn? What should I do with the fabric paint I’ve amassed?
My first real job was working as a file clerk in a law firm. It was amazing, and I loved the “cubicle life”. Most people would assume filing pieces of paper into manila folders all day would be tedious and boring. But as long as my coworker wasn’t chatting my ear off, I enjoyed the silence and peace that the job offered. The repetitive task became secondhand, and I could let my mind wander to other things. In that time of my life I was working on a book, and the characters constantly spoke in my ear while I worked.
Silence to me means peace. Quiet. Time. Silence is precious while having a newborn, but I find that I don’t exactly miss it.