Children… are not quiet beings. They laugh, they talk, they giggle.. they argue and crash and bang and boom. And they have noisy toys. They click and they squonk and they beep.

Noise itself doesn’t bother me. Too much noise, too loud noise and most of all REPETITIVE noise really stresses me out! When the son grabs his talking toy and keeps hitting the button so that it says “Be-bomp-be-bomp-be-bomp-be-bomp..” over and over again, it only takes about 4 seconds for me to cry, “I need quiet!!”

Silent.

I don’t like a lot of noise.

Except for a whirring box fan, rustling leaves in a breeze, rain drops and softly snoring children, I like those. And one that you might not expect…. my wind chimes.

I really love wind chimes. Unless there’s a really bad storm blowing, they just blow gently and tinkle softly in the breeze and I think I like them so much because they allude to lazy afternoons with gentle winds and life lived without hurry. Sitting on a porch with no where to go, vaguely listening to the music of the wind, it’s the busy of the world that goes silent.

My husband, though, can tune out any noise the children can make. He doesn’t hear the noisy toys, the repetitive banging, whistling, blowing, squeaking, chirping, crashing, Sirening, Beeping, Booping, CLICKING, CLACKING of the kids!

It doesn’t bother him.

But for some reason that I can. not. fathom… he doesn’t like my wind chimes. “Their noise is annoying.” SERIOUSLY??

And it has become a thing for us. I will open the back door to find my wind chimes missing. SILENT. MIA. I’ll find them and hang them back up and a few days later he’ll realize it and take them down again. It’s become this

Noise.
Silent.
Noise.
Silent.
Noise.

Lately, he has taken to hiding them more creatively. In fact when I went outside to photograph them – they were missing again. Duh-duh-duhhh. This time I had to look for more than five minutes. You’ll never guess where I found them.

Silent.

But I bet you can guess what I did with them.

Ahhhh, that’s better. =)

I wonder what he’ll think of next?

This post is a part of Michelle’s weekly photo prompt, Popinjay. This week’s prompt is “Silent.”

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Amber

Hey, y’all! I'm Amber, and I wear many hats: Pastor's wife, marriage advocate, eclectic homeschooler, mother of three, and domestically challenged homemaker--lovin’ life and livin’ deep in the heart of Texas.
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