Most mornings I get up and go on a walk with my Dad and my dog, Yadi. We start at 5:30. It's the perfect start to my day. After about 20 minutes of walking, when we've woken up, my dad and I talk about life and the things going on. Most of the time, I think about our conversations or about my upcoming day.
This morning was the first one in which it was warm enough to walk without all the normal things I bundle up in on chilly Missouri mornings. I usually have on at least three layers everywhere, including my head!
Today with only a little headband on my ears, about 10 minutes into the walk, I noticed everything seemed loud. My pre-sunrise brain wondered, "Why? Why is everything so noisy today??"
Well, you guessed it. It was the fact that I could actually hear without all the layers covering my ears! I didn't even realize before today that I was missing out on anything!
Here are a few of the sounds I heard for the first time:
the ting-a-ling of someone's wind chime,
the sound of our feet on the pavement,
the jingle of my dog's collar,
the "good morning" song of some friendly little birds,
the wind moving the dry leaves left from autumn,
the cars from the nearby highway...
It made me think, "I wonder what else I miss everyday because I'm not listening? Are my ears "covered" to the sounds of joy or sadness or need in the voices of others, of my students?"
I hope not, but I'm sure I miss a lot. A lot of important things...
I guess I'm still working on peeling back the layers.