The word for today is quiet. This word reminded me of a recent parenting fail.
“Shut up!” The words flew out of my mouth before I could stop them. Before I could filter or think about them. Ugly words. They felt just right at the time when I was saying them. But once they were out, I knew I was out of line. I could have said, “Be quiet.” Quiet was what I really wanted.
Quiet is what he needed too.
Quietness is powerful. How it allows the mind to think and process. To calm down. To reset. Yes, quiet is like a reset button.
Kids get sent to quiet themselves in timeout. I, too, need that. Because life can be a tangle of messes on lots of fronts, and one more thing tips the balance. And we blurt out all the frustrations of the day in unfit and dishonest words.
If I were honest, I would have said, “I need quiet.”
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