Times they are a-changin’ in my life: College-age daughter has her own apartment, oldest son is graduating from high school next month, and the youngest is taking driver’s education.
The other day I was thinking how the house was quiet. Part of me breathed a sigh of relief and relished the calm. But then I started to miss the noise. Then I started to remember all the noises I have heard over the last almost 21 years as a mama. So, here’s a short list of some of my #momlife greatest hits:
A crying newborn baby in the middle of the night (there were days I myself would be whimpering, wondering when said baby would sleep all night)
Children’s laughter from playing outside drifting through an open window when I’m making dinner (and not to totally glamorize my life, but sometimes I heard it as I was cleaning toilets)
Kids watching a movie in our basement — laughing at the movie/one another, hollering for someone to get more snacks
Music blaring from the bathroom while someone is in the shower
“I got it!” as little ones raced to answer a ringing phone or respond to the doorbell
Chatter around the table after a meal
Scooters zipping down the sidewalk
School buses screeching to a stop
Cheers from the stands at a baseball game, basketball game, or swim meet
Giggles as secrets are shared
School bells signaling the end of the school day
Gasps of slight panic from the passenger seat while someone is learning to drive
Doors unlocking and the dog barking as someone comes in just before their curfew
The thump of the basketball from the backyard court
The mad hurrying to get out the door before school
[I’m betting you can add dozens to this list yourself]
I decided to ask my own kiddos if they had any distinct ‘sound memories’ from their childhood.
My daughter says she always listens for that 3rd step going upstairs to creak. My youngest son (who has probably been to more swim meets than you could imagine to support his older siblings) says the “beep” at the start of a swim race is forever ingrained in his brain. And, my future college freshman says sounds don’t stick in his memory (so much for my trifecta of perfect parenting analogies!).
Whether it’s a big noise or the deep breathing of a sleeping baby –I want to remember it all. I especially don’t want to ever forget the joy I hear in my children’s voices (in and out of the house) as they continue to get older. And the next time it’s quiet — I will sit, exhale a deep breath, and be so happy for the memories certain sounds evoke in my mind. The soundtrack of my #momlife rocks.