Perfect Moment Monday: Sound and silence

January 16, 2011

in Family, Perfect Moment

Snowcation rations

Family weekend in the mountains — the Christmas present that my family-of-origin gave to each other.

Two parents, two sisters, two brothers-in-law. One husband, two children, four nephews. Four vehicles full of groceries and supplies. Some of us skiing, some snow boarding, some tubing. Puzzles, hot chocolate, sing-alongs.

Washtub bass and other noisemakers

Cacophony. Familiar sounds of the members of my clan playing, explaining, cooking, planning, cleaning, teasing, arguing, strategizing, analyzing, bantering. These are the sounds of my soul.


I bundle up for a little solitude. Walk outside away from cabin noise and, of course, city sounds. Pine trees reach to the stars in a dark sky. Silence falls on the 3-foot blanket of snow. I listen to the void and make it part of me.

I have it all. All that matters, anyway.


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

RobinJP January 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Those noisemakers are more than just a little scary. Is there video?


Lavender Luz January 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

That would be waaaaay to scary!


Baby Smiling In Back Seat January 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

What a close family you have.

What a fun family you have.


Tami January 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

It was fast but fun! You have the greatest family, and I’m an authority on the subject! I love the night sky and the stars. They can make me feel small and centered, while realizing I’m the center of my universe.

I’m still wondering what happened to the Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Ice Cream?


Lavender Luz January 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

Uh, what Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Ice Cream?

It wasn’t me.

*fingers crossed behind back*


Kristin January 17, 2011 at 12:23 am

In the ways that matter, your family sounds so much like mine. Beautiful post Lori.


Suzy January 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

Those moments do sound perfect indeed. Time with family is just precious.


Delenn January 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

Beautiful! I am not much into winter sports–but you make it sound wonderful! (oh, and I could always do the hot cocoa!)


a January 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

Oooh! That does sound perfect!


Kir January 17, 2011 at 8:11 am

oh my goodness, that is certainly perfect…on so many levels. Glad you had such a great time!


Cheryl January 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

What!? You mean you weren’t holed up in the closet with your laptop secretly blogging? You’ve come a long way, baaaaaby!


Lavender Luz January 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

It’s only because the wireless didn’t work in there ;-)


Chris Bird January 18, 2011 at 12:05 am

What a wonderful Christmas present to each other. Nothing like a getaway to the mountains to put life in perspective.


Jamie January 19, 2011 at 6:15 am

That ~sounds~ perfect! Perfect with just the right amount of chaos ;-)


Quiet Dreams January 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

Sounds amazing and wonderful.


luna January 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

love this. sounds like heaven!


Sheri January 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I had several Perfect Moments over the weekend (I love my family)…but I deny that any of those Perfect Moments had anything to do with Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Ice Cream.**

It wasn’t me either.

**fingers crossed behind my back**

(p.s. Ya leave early and you lose all claims to the ice cream…not mentioning any names). Just sayin’!!


Tami January 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I got plenty of ice cream. And ice cream’s plenty for me.

I’m just wondering how I missed the hot tubbing and ping pong?


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