The Gift of Silence

AUTHOR: | POSTED: September 9, 2013 | COMMENTS: 2 Comments
CATEGORIES: Decorating, Home Improvement Hell, Home Projects, Little girls, perspective,

Carolyn Savage

I’ve been painting.

Now that Drew’s been gone for three weeks it was time to get the great bedroom switcheroo underway which translates to a whole lot of work for me.  Making my schedule even more challenging this month has turned into a very busy month of freelance writing.  The freelancing is great because it’s how I get paid but to say that I don’t have time to be in the middle of a multiple bedroom renovation is an understatement of epic proportion.

Sometimes I wonder how I get myself into this stuff and then I remember how—I forget I have to sleep.

The thing is I love painting walls and redoing rooms.  An inherited trait from my mother.  An interior designer by trade, my mom not only instilled in me my love for beautifying a home but she also taught me to do as much DIY as I could to loosen my  budget for quality furnishings.

This is why I’ve never hired a professional painter in my life.

This past week I realized there’s another reason I love painting so much.  I have to do the painting when my children are asleep because their little hands would be willing apprentices… with undesirable results.  Because it’s either nap time or past bedtime I keep things quiet while I work.

Painting in silence gives me time to think.  I think about my freelance assignments.  I think about my family.  I think about discussions that have troubled me or details of my life I wish were different.  It’s during those painting sessions that I come up with story archs, choose courses of action regarding obstacles, and ponder how my life is moving forward and whether I’m content with the direction.

Heck, the simple act of painting walls screams progress.  Drew has left our home.  Ryan deserves a space free from the chaos of his little sisters.  Mary Kate has grown out of her nursery and the twins need their own space so they can sleep uninterrupted.  Our family is changing which means our home should too.

Of course I harbor many emotions about the changes at hand.  I’m sad and thrilled all at that same time.  That’s why a  little silence is such a gift.  It helps me check all these thoughts and get my reactions in order.

So, I’m painting…and thinking…and growing right along with our family.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some caulking to do!


Some of the changes happening in our home…

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Ryan’s old room. Spartan green as he is an avid Michigan State University fan.

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See that Spartan S? That was a free hand exercise in art by yours truly…eight years ago. It was very, very hard to paint over that masterpiece!

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That beautiful wall paper border is actually pages and pages of Sports Illustrated photos. Ryan chose each one himself and then taped them to the wall.



Obviously not finished but the woodwork’s been painted white, the wall are a soft lavender, we have new bedding and…


…the new light fixture is outstanding.


This is just a preview of this complete overhaul.  I promise to post pictures when the entire project is complete.  Until then, I’ll be up to my elbows in DIY that I shouldn’t attempt.

God help my family.

2 Comments on “ The Gift of Silence ”

  • Lori Lavender Luz | September 9th, 2013 11:16 pm

    What a transformation!

    While I love the meditative quality of some forms of handiwork (but not many), I can’t say I always love the work itself. With painting you get such visible results. Kudos!

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  • Teri | September 10th, 2013 11:28 am

    Beautiful job! When can I expect you to come paint my house? We’ve lived there over 7 years and have painted 4 of the 12 rooms.

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