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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Something is different

One of those strange windy cold days in New England has provided a soundtrack to our day. There is that creepy wind blowing through the cracks and crevices of the home, whistling and wooing and rattling the loose flappy tiles on the roof. The dogs next door bark and bark, like howling at the moon. It is an unsettled noise, one that is at once primal and yet sounding like the background to a horror movie.

As I lay in bed in my PJ's reading Jodi Picoults' 19 Minutes, the howling wind keeps going. At one point my room got hot, so I opened the window a crack and the frozen air rushed in bringing goosebumps to my skin. Bitter cold wind, I opened and closed the window a dozen times trying to even out the temperature before I gave up and went downstairs to finish the book.

I read my email, make a meatloaf for dinner, straightened up the tangled mess that is our home, all serenaded by the howling wind.

As I sat down I realized why the wind was such a counterpoint to the day. The Boy was gone last night and most of today, and nobody had turned on the television all day. The enormous black face stared out in silence the entire day. This is not a usual occurrance, but it gave me time to think, to read, and to ponder the power of the wind.

Sometimes I forget that the day is often accompanied by the background of the television. I hate that in other people's homes, and yet it's become a part of life here in my own home.

I must remember to keep that damn thing off more often.

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Blogger Lis Garrett said...

We've recently put in place rules regarding the television. It's amazing how much more calm things seem around here without it on.

10/3/08 10:03 AM  

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