Five Minute Friday: Quiet

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, or over thinking. Just write.

Today’s Topic: Quiet


Overall, I am not a quiet person. I never have been and never will be as long as God continues to bless me with a voice. There have been numerous times in my life where I have been called out for being too loud and talking too much. Sometimes I wish I was more aware of it, but mostly it’s just who I am. I can even remember back to grade school having comments on my report card to the effect of, “Tonya is a good student and very sweet, but she talks too much.” I feel the need to excuse myself when someone points it out, and honestly it’s embarrassing, though I’m sure necessary. When I first started working from home on Fridays, my husband said that I would babble on and on and on when he got home from work because I hadn’t had anyone to talk to all day. Luckily he didn’t mind…too much 🙂

Despite being quite a talkative person (and a loud one at that), there are times when I relish the quiet. Usually in the mornings I’m not quick to turn on the tv or even talk for a while. Also in the evenings after work, David and I might watch a tv show or two during/after dinner, but there are plenty of days where I just want quiet. I’ll turn the TV off and read.

Also, I absolutely despise talking on the phone these days unless I am in the car when there is nothing else to do. I’m pretty sure it comes from working in my previous call center jobs where I had to talk on the phone ALL DAY for 8 hours (or more) a day. Before 2006 when I got my first call center job, I loved talking on the phone! Now that I am not in a call center job, I still hate talking on the phone, but there is still a big portion of my day that involves talking, even if it’s not the full 8 hours a day. I live by the rule that I prefer texts or emails unless it’s an emergency or you absolutely cannot text or email (such as driving). I may or may not be guilty of not answering the phone just because I don’t want to talk.

Believe it or not, this loud mouth does like quiet…sometimes 🙂


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NaBloPoMo November 2012
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5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Quiet

  1. Pingback: NaBloPoMo: November 2012 « Nearly Missed It

  2. I vividly remember being in Mrs. Van Vactor’s 5th grade class and her regretting almost instantly putting the two of our desks next to each other because we couldn’t help but talk to each other about any and every thing!! We got our work done though and got good grades!!

  3. hahaha. I am laughing because I always got in trouble in school for talking! While I don’t have a loud voice, I love to talk to people. Starting from kindergarten on, Mom always got talked to at parent teacher conferences about me talking too much to my friends during class. Several teachers in my younger school years had to split me up from my close friends- and like move our desks far away from each other. I always got good grades , so it never affected school work, but it was distracting I am sure to the teachers. As an adult I still am talkative, but also need quiet a lot to write or read. Matt also accuses me of being too chatty at times-especially when he has worked a long day and then when he gets out I am all excited and chatty haha. I am not one of those people that could live alone- I would go nuts if it was super quiet 24/7. Even though I enjoy conversation, I too have my limits where I don’t want to be on the phone. I rarely don’t answer phone calls though, just because I prefer talking over email or text because it is faster to get the words out and more personal. It was interesting to read what you wrote for 5 min. Friday! I can always relate to what you write.

    • That’s me exactly, as you can see in the above comment from my childhood friend, Liberty. She can attest to how much I talked growing up. Maybe it’s a girl thing 🙂

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