Little Voices

My house is filled with constant noise. Excited screams. Pained sobs. Little shrill voices pounding against my ears. Whining. Pouting. Wailing. Laughter. Tears. Joy. Constant chatter.

The never-ending noise can wear me down. When the little kids are always crying or pouting or talking nonstop, it is easy to get frustrated and blow up. It’s easy to forget that little voices are a blessing.

At the end of 2019, Yoveil stopped talking. For one whole month, the girl who wouldn’t stop sharing words didn’t speak for over a month.

I don’t know what happened inside of her or what caused it, but Yoveil slowly stopped talking. She started crying and using hand gestures instead of words. I remember the first day that she didn’t say anything. I also realized on that day that I missed her sweet little voice.

I tried to coax her to talk. I’d sit with her for a long time and try to get her to repeat words. Sometimes it worked, most times it didn’t. She just wanted to be held and for people to get her what she wanted without having to say anything.

As the days turned to weeks, I was afraid that she wouldn’t start talking again. She seemed so sad, so lost. I missed the noise. I missed the chatter. I missed her.

One day, shortly after we had moved into our new home in Tennessee, Yoveil and I were in our room. I told her a story. I told her that I loved her. She brought over some dolls that she had found and we started to play with them. And she talked. It started out with just a couple words, but by the time we had finished playing, she was talking in full sentences, laughing and acting like her old self. I was so thrilled. Her voice was so beautiful.

When the noise fills my life and makes my head ache, I need to remember that it is beautiful. (Beauty hurts at times!) I need to not take it for granted. Because it can be gone in a blink of an eye, and I’ll be left wondering why I didn’t treasure it while I had it.


15 thoughts on “Little Voices

  1. Awwww, that’s so sad that she felt so alone that she couldn’t even bring herself to speak! Poor girl. That’s so wonderful that you cared enough to try to “bring her back”. You’re right – while we have the joy of siblings, we should treasure the moments we’ll see as beautiful in the future. 🤗

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  2. What a great lesson for me today. I was wondering if Canaan would ever just sit still and be quite. His constant chatter can be a little much some days. I will learn to delight in the noise and chatter. I don’t want it to stop! Thank you sweet Hattush, you are such a wonderful big sister!

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  3. Gosh, that’s a very powerful story Hattush. To have a voice, to lose one’s voice, or to be denied a voice, are very real, powerful states that we need to watch out for in life. It looks like you are already sensitive and well attuned. I bless you to be a voice of good for the voiceless in this life.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I’m glad your sister is talking again.💕 I would definitely feel worried if my little brother stopped talking for a month. 😟

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