Five Minute Friday: Listen

20/141 Not Listening


I swear no one listens to me.  I think my voice just carries off into the abyss.  The kids look at me with those blank eyes and just nod- or they run right by and make eye contact for a second.  Enough to give the illusion that they may be listening, but I know they are not hearing anything I’m really saying.

How often do I not pay attention either?  Maybe when I’m checking my email, or in the middle of a book, and I look up to give my fake smile and nod politely.  It’s so easy to miss the simple things by not listening.  What seems mundane and boring to us is important and sometimes urgent to our kids.  How much of their lives do I miss because I’m not paying attention?

Today I choose to shut down the computer, close the book and really listen with all my senses.  It’s quiet and I can hear the birds in their morning songs.  I can smell the lilac at it’s almost peak bloom.  It’s a beautiful morning on vacation in Minnesota. When the kids wake up I will hear all their lively and giggly stories of visiting with their cousins this week and the stories that were told before falling asleep.  Then I will join in on the adventure that awaits our day.  I don’t want to miss a thing.

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photo credit Christian Bucad via Compfight

8 Replies to “Five Minute Friday: Listen”

  1. Beautiful what can be seen & heard if we just stop to truly listen isn’t it? I linked up next to you in 5 minute friday today and I’m so glad I did! 🙂 this was a beautiful reflection! <3 paula

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Paula. Grace and peace to you today.

  2. Thanks Traci- we are definitely on the same wave length today – loved your post!

  3. Wow, this is so cool. I loved it. You have a great writing presence and I so enjoyed even just this short post on your life. You did a great job. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for your words of encouragement Debi- it means a great deal and made my day 🙂 Many blessings to you!

  4. Love how you captured this in 5 minutes.

    I would love to see other moms splashed as well. We could use your ideas. Your tips. Your stories. Your photos. Your anything mom.

    I compose some notes on Monday. I get the momma schedules. So hop over any day of the week (think link up whenever it works best for you) and join us. Real moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a momma melody.

    Splashin’ Momma,

    1. Thanks for stopping by again, Sarah- I appreciate it 🙂

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