Sunday, April 5, 2009

Quiet Moment

This picture was taken in 1930, and shows an old couple enjoying a quiet moment. The couple were from Washington Co., Virginia.

As I look at this picture, I can not help but think that these days we have few, or none, of these quiet moments. Today, we always have the TV on, the phone is ringing, or we are running the kids off to some activity. I am really going to work hard to start making time for such peaceful moments.

8 comments:

  1. I expect that in 99% of American homes the TV goes on when people get home from wherever.

    I love the quiet of no TV; however, those occasions are rare.

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  2. A simi-quiet moment can be had in the car with the radio and the cell phone turned off. At home, we turn the electronics off and read or talk and we have a nice back porch with comfortable chairs to sit and think. Even short periods of theis abarent behavior can be habit forming

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  3. On Earth Hour I chose to vote for Erath by turning off all my electric appliances. everything except the refrigerator and hot water heater (only because they were too hard to get to). Computer and TV powerpacks, I mean everyting. I live out away from other homes at about an acres distance apart. Everyone else had their lights on. It was 8:30 pm. it was dark and I had candles lit. I laid on the couch and watched the candles flicker off the ceiling. It was so very relaxing and so very quiet. no humming noises of electricity flowing through the lines, or backgound droll of household motors running. Luckily the fridge and HWH kept their mouths shut for the entire hour. Only sounds I was actually able to hear was the house creeking, a sound I had totally forgotten about. Houses breath and the sound of their ribs expanding and contracting is something we never hear anymore due to the noise that surrounds us.

    I have vowed that once every week I will turn my lights off for an hour and commune wit hmy home.

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  4. Wow! What a fabulous photo!

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  5. I live in Washington Co, VA - Abingdon to be exact - wonderful to see a local picture. Some of us still live in the country and have quiet times on the front porch to this day. It's a wonderful life.

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  6. A wonderful photo. It will go on my list as one of a few special favorites.
    Nancy

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  7. I liked Susan Catt's comment about enjoying the sounds of the house without electricity. I think that's why camping and candles are so popular. But I still want to keep the modern life with its choices.

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  8. This couple is considerably older and doesn't need to be running kids around. I'm sure that nowadays they might have a television on (my in-laws do all the time), but they might not either (my parents don't).

    But we can be quieter, even if we're not quiet.

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