Random Screaming Child
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I try to visit my family in segments — a sister here, a parent there, I break them down into manageable numbers. On rare occasions, such as birthdays and holidays, I must see them all at once. I have one word for such encounters: LOUD.

Imagine 6 adults (myself included) all talking over each other while 5 children shriek like banshees in the background, playing a made-up game during which they bash each other over the head with previously agreed upon items (in this case, it was a beanbag chair and a beach ball). A child cries and my mother's voice rises in decibels, as if drowning out the wails will aid her attempts to soothe.

Over the table, I meet my father's eyes. Ever since the separation 12 years ago, Dad has lived a quiet life of solitude, of meditation and reading. Ever since I met David over 8 years ago, my home life has been hushed; my days are tranquil, and my evenings (when I'm not Out & About) are untroubled.

For such people as my father and me, the constant din of a loud television, of over-talking and hollering is overwhelming. While holding the gaze, Dad smiles, and I understand that he feels the same way — that though it was great to see everyone together, and on some level we interpret the maelstrom as happiness and proof of a life well-lived, we were each looking forward to the calm that awaited us at home.

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Mindy Ross May 16, 2011 @ 5:19 p.m.

Not all kids are loud--just kids whose parents are hard of hearing.

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Evelyn May 17, 2011 @ 11:29 a.m.

so true!

or kids whose parents choose to be hard of hearing.

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Barbarella Fokos May 17, 2011 @ 11:40 a.m.

Oh, all children are loud when they're happy and playing. Ever walk past a playground during recess? Yikes! It's shrill. And when they're sad? Just as loud. ;) But I see your point.

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nan shartel May 17, 2011 @ 12:40 p.m.

or they want to be Babs...ie: Where The Wild Things Are ;-D

nice blog kiddo!!

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