As all parents know, children are born to remove quiet from the world. Instinctively, people under the age of twelve know it’s dangerous to let their parents read, or heaven forbid, hear themselves think.
It is essential that all children interrupt all conversations, particularly phone conversations. Special attention must also be paid when their parents’ eyes are twinkly and there’s a lot of kissing. That is the window of opportunity in which children must break something or suffer injury.
We’re in the quiet room today.
I started “This is the quiet room,” almost immediately in motherhood.
I’ve recently had to reestablish the parameters of the quiet room, because sometimes three people are in the living room reading and some
jerkface beloved family member comes in and turns on the television.
Right now I can hear the clocks ticking. Ahh.