For a moment, I have a little quiet in my house, the calm before the storm. Joshua is quietly napping, Daddy has taken one son to tennis in exchange for the other one coming home to a supper nearly complete.
For a day off from school and work, it has certainly seemed as busy as any other day. Children to wake up, feed and clothe, deadlines to meet, appointments to keep. Running from one end of town to the other, in fruitless pursuit of fulfilling never ending lists of things to do.
A few years ago, this silence would have unsettled me. It would have made me ill-at-ease, wondering what the Fates were cooking up; what the next challenge of adulthood I would have to meet and master. That was before these moments became so rare. That was before I found a place of peace within me. A peace that I rarely find with silence as the accompanying soundtrack.
So, for this brief moment, I will savor this silence. All too soon, all the inhabitants of this adobe will fill it with their bodies, their voices, their needs. For this moment, I will sit, and be content.