Today was filled with much catching up—with work, with my kids, with friends, and my mess of a house. And now here I am catching up with the dear blog!
You know, there's nothing like NOT having something to make you grateful. Last week, I spent most of my time voiceless, and when I did talk it was a painful whisper.
Have you ever tried to mother in whispers?
Not. Easy. Okay, impossible.
My voice, I hadn't realized what a tool it was. A sharp "NO." An excited "Good job!" A gentle "I love you." I was relegated to one flat, quiet tone, if that. My kids didn't listen, honestly. Why? Because inflection and tone are as much as part of communication as the words.
Ah, yes, yes, you may see where I'm going. Voice. More importantly, YOUR voice. I think sometimes we're afraid to use our writing voices, so instead we write in the equivalent of a whisper. But guess what? No one listens when all you do is whisper. Using the full range of your voice is what makes your writing unique and vibrant, different from anything else, something people perk up and listen to.
I am so glad to have my voice back, and I'm gonna use it. A lot.