It’s funny the things you think about late in the night. Last night as I lay in bed half asleep, I was listening to my mom make all kinds of noise in the kitchen. She was griping at the cat to get out of the way, banging pots and pans and occasionally said, “oh me,” as she picked something up. I was just lying there listening to her, not cringing as I had done before, but just holding my eyes closed and listening intently.
I heard her call to dad that dinner was ready and that he needed to get up and come to the table. I heard her yell at the cat when she stepped on his tail and make him meow in a loud screech. I heard the chairs being pulled out from the table as they sat down and my dad say, “Cherry, you comin’?”
I heard my dad as he started reading the headlines of the paper out loud and mom asking him questions about what he read. I could smell the stew she had fixed and hear the clink clink of silverware on the bowls as they ate, the sound of ice moving in glasses of water as they picked them up, and the soft thunk as they put them down on the table again.
I could hear my mom get on to my dad for sneaking a piece of something to the cat waiting for tasty tidbits at his feet.
Finally, my brain registered that I was just listening to memories and the sounds faded away into the fog of my wounded mind.
I had you guys, just for a moment, I had you there again and could hear your voices so clearly. For just a moment I was back there, not long ago, listening to the sounds of family sounds that I will not hear the same way again in this lifetime. I miss you both so much.
Remember that the sounds that might annoy you, or you just take for granted today, may be the very sounds that you would give anything in this world to hear one more time someday. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. Love the people in your life today.
Cherry Coley ©