I have three daughters. Do you know how loud three girls can get? I'm not sure I've found out yet, but mine are definitely approaching their limit. My husband blames me. I came home from an appointment last night to find the girls running through the house calling quite vociferously to one another. So I asked my husband what it was all about. He was bewildered.
"They were playing quietly until just now. They must have known you were home. You make them loud," he said.
I make them loud. Because I'm loud? Hardly. I love quiet. I love silence or peaceful music. I love soft conversation. Loud? Not me. And most of the time I can barely handle the noise of my girls. But I'm trying to learn to appreciate it because otherwise I'll miss out on some of the greatest moments of their childhood; those spontaneous outbursts of youthful exuberance.
Here's an example: my girls love High School Musical. In our house we now have both the DVD and the CD. They've watched the DVD at least twice and the CD is on almost every day. So earlier this week they decided they would put on a "musicale" (if you've seen H.S. Musical you know why). Our family room became the stage and the music meister (eldest daughter) loaded up the CD. With a fancy (pretend) microphone headset on her head and a set of earphones, complete with dangling cord, on daughter number two's head, they were set. Uber-princess donned not just one pretty skirt, but three at once. And then it began: singing at the top of their lungs they all danced and bopped around that family room, none of them missing a single word of the lyrics. It was riotous fun. I wish I could have slowed down to watch it longer. I wish I could have slowed down and loosed up enough to join them.
When was the last time you got loud and active and generally uninhibited like a child? When was the last time you enjoyed the youthful exuberance of a child? Take time soon to appreciate that more. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me". Jesus took people the way they were. I'll bet he'd embrace the noisy, rollicking creatures that most children are if he walked the earth today.