Peace and Quiet

Thanks for sharing this!

Maybe you’ve heard the saying you only appreciate a thing after you’ve lost it.

Well, here in Carpenter Country, the short one can agree with that. She didn’t appreciate her semi-deafness until she began using hearing aids.

That may sound weird, but for quite awhile the world’s noises fell very quietly on her audio-deprived ears. After she acquired hearing aids, quiet became clamor.

At home, the dishwasher rattled. The washing machine groaned. The dryer whistled. The microwave and the stove beeped, thankfully not in unison.

To get away from the din she went to the mall and found the parking lot decorated with muted holiday cheer. But inside loudspeakers blared messages to employees, salesclerks rattled money and Santa jingled his bell, which was okay until the little kids began screaming for candy.

Back in her car, the rumble of her stomach told her she was hungry. Unfortunately, even without hearing aids, most restaurants are noisy places. With good hearing the rattling dishes and scraping chairs sound even louder.

Then there was the music be-bopping from hidden speakers. True, the volume was high for a reason. It made people eat faster and clear out more quickly–a strategy the short one was just about to agree worked–when suddenly the noise level dropped and roars became whispers.

What was going on?

She touched her ears. She still had her hearing aids in.

But–ah, bliss–the batteries had died.

You might also like these posts

Essay — Birds in the bath series — Blue Jay A feathered bit of sky landed in one of Carpenter Country's bird baths this week. Ms. Blue Jay thoroughly enjoyed splashing in the water. Image source: HL Carpenter   We enjoyed learning about how the inner structure of blue jay feathers creates a trick of light. Image source: HL Carpenter   ...
Essay — Busy reading Image source: HL Carpenter   "Come pick up two books," the voice on the phone said. Bright and early the next day, we traveled to the library to collect our windfall and instead of two books found five best sellers waiting for our reading pleasure. Yep, FIVE! WOOHOO! We may not accomplish much work here in...
Essay — Garden Pests Carpenter Country's weekly dose-of-nature essays tend to reflect the beauty we see. That preference doesn't mean we're oblivious to other aspects of the natural world surrounding us, including those who recently turned the lush stand of four o'clocks into stalky skeletons of their former selves.   Image source: ...
Essay – Clearing the clutter Some days the path ahead is cluttered with debris.   Image source: HL Carpenter   And some days the debris is bagged and ready for disposal.   Image source: HL Carpenter   Are you clearing the clutter from your life?   ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL Carpenter...

We write. Visit us in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

Posted in Essays Tagged with: ,