The house is silent. Everyone is home, but all I hear is silence.
The Nerds (my family) are lost in their various forms of electronic entertainment; one is playing an RPG on the computer, another is watching anime, and the other one is listening to music on the ipod while drawing.
I would like to say it’s because we’re stuck in the house due to the “Blizzard of 2016” that’s hitting the Mid-Atlantic coast right now. But, I’m sad to say, this is not an unusual occurrence…the silence, not the blizzard.
The irony is there was a time, years ago, when I would have given my right arm for some peace and quiet and time to myself. Now it seems that conversation is what I really want.
I’ve become the “out of touch mom” right now. I think back to when I was my kids’ ages and wonder how I interacted with my mom.
For my generation (GenX) there was a lot of TV watching, and I did spend hours in my room listening to my own music. I guess the difference today is that our kids spend just as much time ignoring us, it’s just that now they can do it in the same room. It just seems, well, rude. So here’s where I get it when my daughter says “you just don’t understand.” Is she actually right? Please don’t tell her.
Maybe it’s time for me to admit it. I just don’t understand.
I miss the actual communication; even if it was mom simply yelling through my bedroom door “turn that down!” or “Haven’t you seen that video a hundred times by now?” At least it was some form of verbal communication.
Maybe we need to implement at least one day a week where no one uses electronics. Oh, wait…that would apply to me too. Hmmm…maybe the silence isn’t so bad after all.
When did we lose our ability to carry on conversation? How do you deal with the “silence epidemic” in your house?