After 9 Years Of Motherhood, I Can Block Out Any Noise
One night last week, I was leaving a restaurant with a friend of mine, after what I thought was a great dinner, when she sort of huffed, â€œWell THAT wasnâ€™t the most relaxing dinner.â€ I wondered, for a second, if I had been complaining too much about something, or if the service was bad, but before I could wonder too much she added, â€œI hate being seated next to babies and kids.â€
The ironic thing is, she HAS kids. And, as I told her, truthfully, I didnâ€™t even NOTICE that there was a baby and a couple of kids seated next to us. Obviously, this doesnâ€™t happen to every mother, but I definitely consider myself lucky that I have, what I like to call, “selective hearing.â€
Who doesnâ€™t know someone who has complained about the worst airplane ride in the world, because they were stuck seated beside a family with five kids, or seated next to a mother and a screaming baby with an earache? To me, I donâ€™t even notice crying. You could put a screaming baby next to me, and I have the amazing ability to actually fall asleep during all the noise.
Long ago, when I took my firstborn on her first plane ride, and bought her her own seat (plane seats were much cheaper back then) I actually did fall asleep. I woke up from a dream of hearing a screaming baby, before I realized â€“ doh! â€“ it was my screaming baby.
I think, when you are a mother, there is just so much noise. Iâ€™m not just talking about crying babies, or toddlers having tantrums. Iâ€™m talking about all their annoying toys. Rattles, swings that make noises, toys that make music. In fact, I canâ€™t walk around my house now without walking into something that makes some sort of noise. Iâ€™ve become immune to noise of all kinds.
I can now write in my house, even though there is a house being built next door to me, with jackhammers literally going every day for eight hours. I can walk into a birthday party, with 30 screaming kids listening to top 40 hits and dancing and squealing, and, although Iâ€™m aware itâ€™s happening, I really donâ€™t care. I can block out the noise.