Each week Gypsy Mama chooses a word to write about for five minutes. No editing, stream of consciousness. Today's word is: Quiet.
Ready. Set. Write.
When I was in elementary school, I loved going to the library. The smell of books in the nooks and crannies of the aisles filled with thousands of stories untold were so inviting to me. I loved my librarian...Ms. Marshall. I thought she had the coolest job ever...reading all day long, or so that's what I thought a librarian did.
At my elementary school library, there was a "reading room"...a place where classes could go and hear stories read, or students could go to camp out and read in even more quiet than the library itself provided. My Mom was very involved in my school life and active on the PTA. It was decided to "spruce" up the room a bit and paint pictures and murals of favorite stories. My Mom and some of the ladies on the PTA spent days painting Dr. Seuss characters including Cat in the Hat on the walls of that reading room. Not that it needed anything more inviting for me.
Now that I'm older, I still love to read, but find it hard to be quiet enough to let the words completely soak in. I miss those days of camping out in the library at school, perusing the bookshelves for jewels I could take home, hole up in my room and read. Quiet is good. Quiet is refreshing Quiet is something our world doesn't value enough.
"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10