Thursday, September 13, 2012

5 Minutes of Silence

Today I took up the Writer's Workshop challenge to "Listen to the sounds in your house for 5-10 minutes.  Write about what you hear."

It's not very often that I sit quietly and just listen.  Usually when I'm sitting quietly I'm thinking about things to do, or reading, or just about to fall asleep.  Not really listening.

So this morning I did just that.  I really listened.

This is what I heard:

Pages of a book turning.  My daughter is home sick today.  She's curled up in the chair next to me, very quietly reading.

• My dog bouncing down the carpeted steps.  She doesn't walk down, she hops.  "Bounce, bounce, bounce."

• Our rabbit moving around in his cage, settling in for a nap.

Birds outside, although they sound distant because all the windows are closed.  It's cold this morning.

• My breath.  I can hear myself breathing.

• The hum of my computer.

• The refrigerator fan clicking on and buzzing.

• My dog licking her mouth.  It sounds very juicy.

"Lily!" My daughter telling the dog to stop licking.

• A truck on the distant highway.

• A sneeze from my daughter.  One from me too.  We're both sick.

• A single dog bark down the street.

"Whose knife it it really?"  My daughter asks.  We're both reading The Game of Thrones.

• Deep sounds of the Seminary bell ringing high in its bell tower.  It must be 11:00 am, although my computer says 10:55.  Which one is off by 5 minutes?  My computer or the bell?

My five minutes of listening is over.  But even as I write this list, I notice more sounds.  Birds, a car, my dog's sleep-breathing, my typing, more book pages turning, another dog bark in the distance.

Five minutes of silence isn't really silent at all.

Try it.

Just listen.


  1. Sounds like such a pleasant place to be! Bridget at Le. Rheims, stopping by from Mama Kat's!

  2. I don't think there is such a thing as total silence. I enjoyed your post today and hope you both get feeling better. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  3. I thought about doing this prompt but I hate silence! I'm been all about the hiss and boom of life from the get-go. That and the fridge turning on/off always brings out the worry-wart in me fretting that it is not turning on/off properly necessitating a new fridge. (We had a horrible "fridge death" incident. Don't ask...I'll ramble on for hours about spoiled meat.)
    Great post!
    Clickin' in from MamaKat. (Oh - and I love that you and your daughter are reading the same book!)

    1. I'm curious about the horrible "fridge death." Spoiled meat is a bad, bad thing! Maybe I should go check my fridge.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

  4. Silence is quiet is it? Enjoyed your post. I love it that you and your daughter read the same books. My mom and I used to do that. When I was older and the book turned into a movie we made sure we read the book then went to see the movie together. Now we talk about the books we read - long distance :-(

    1. Now that my daughter is 14, we enjoy a lot of the same books and movies. It has been a lot of fun reading and watching together! I'm glad you and your mom still talk about books, even if it's long distance!