Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sound of Silence

"Men go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering." ~~ St. Augustine

The snow is melting after surviving a week here in the valley. Yep, it snowed last Thursday and today's sun is calling the water back up into the heavens, to go snow on some of you! Enjoy it. We sure have.

When it snows here it gets -- quiet. Pleasant, peaceful, muffled quiet.

As a hard of hearing person, I find it quizzical that I covet quiet. But I do. Quiet for me is different from quiet for those blessed with keen hearing. Hearing with my ears would sound quiet to you, it would probably be frightening. It's all I've known. Noises annoy me. Noises like traffic - grrr. And thumping, booming stereos in cars and houses. An idling car will test my temper like nothing else. I've learned how to breathe through it and stay calm. Took awhile. Never did run out the front door in my jammies waving a baseball bat with the intention of smashing the windshield, though I battled the urge enough times.

Anyway, yeah, the snow just muffled everything. Walks were peaceful because traffic was so very light. It was like walking in the woods - almost. People smiled, laughed, talked to one another. Camaraderie. Refreshing.

And quiet. I relaxed deeply like I do when we go up to the cabin.

How I enjoy my silent world at times.

There are many imperfections in the human race. Lousy hearing is only one of them. As with anyone who has a physical hardship, there is an upside. For me, it's silence, the realm of quiet, for it is there that distractions depart, thoughts flow freely, and I can contemplate deeply.

Until the neighbor starts his car in the morning, warming it up, for FORTY FIVE MINUTES.


Pam said...

I LOVE the pics of you guys in the snow!! You all look so, um, well, so Minne-SOH-tan.

And just for the record, Cherie, I don't have hearing issues, but like you, I LOVE quiet. Too much noise puts my brain in chaos. I have enough trouble focusing on one thought at a time without the distractions of invasive noises. They make my face crabby too!

Wow. I sound like a grumpy old geezer...

deanna said...

Such bolstering thoughts, beautiful words, winter-wonder pictures!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cherie. I like the quote from St. Augustine. Another great line from your little book.
Love, Tom

Cherie said...

Thanks, you guys!!

So, Pam, we look like Minne SOH tans! Ya, sure, you betcha! Felt like it there for a couple of weeks, too.

Glad you enjoyed the post, too Deanna. :-) Thanks!

And, Thomas, as always, I thrive on your support!

Anonymous said...

Superb quotations. St. Augustine's is most thought provoking.

Happy happy bundled up family.

Like your rose bush with Jack Frost's handiwork. Striking.
Love you!