My daughter Ella likes to take pictures. She can often be seen jumping out from behind furniture to capture that all important candid shot. Some of them turn out to be fabulous pics but a lot of them are just downright embarrassing! I must admit that she has captured some fabulous memories though!
Anyway, I was looking through her latest album of randoms and I noticed a bit of a theme with the photographs of me. It is a theme that relates to how I cope.
I decided that it was time to come clean on here but first – I need to give you all some history.
Harley and Lucas are loud.
No, I’ll make it clearer than that… Harley and Lucas are REALLY LOUD!!!!
Harley has major sensitivities to noise and Lucas is like a human foghorn.
Now….you would think that with Harley having such strong aversions to loud noises that he wouldn’t make too much of it himself wouldn’t you? Um…..no, sadly that’s not the case! He can often be found screaming at the top of his lungs at his siblings, at me, at the toy that just.won’t.do.what.it’s.told and at all of the screens in the house that don’t give him the result he requires.
He also has a loud monotone talking voice and I gotta tell you that the constant noise in this house DRIVES ME NUTS!!!!!
I also want to add that after I had brain surgery to remove a tumour 5 years ago and am now 100% deaf in my right ear and as a result – I have become extremely protective of the hearing that I do have left. So the boy’s constant noise can start to get to me a lot sooner than it used to because I have trouble filtering sounds nowadays. I never had a problem with crowds in shopping centres or loud music in other people’s cars at the traffic lights or even general kid noise but over the last few years – I really really can’t take it.
I suppose my stress levels being at a constant high wouldn’t help much either – but back to Ella’s penchant for candid photos…
These next 5 photos that Ella took of me feature me “coping with the noise”…..or not! (And for the record…..the horrible black leggings in most photos are my “house pants”….eeeewww I know!)
⬇THIS⬇ is how I cope
And occasionally I drive wearing my trusty headphones because you CAN’T ESCAPE when you’re in a car LOL!