an observation

A woman is pushing a child in a stroller up a hill and out of the park. It is afternoon. The sky is beginning to darken and the temperature has dropped a little. The child’s red face is wet with tears and perhaps snot. She(?) opens her mouth and lets out a series of high pitched, drawn out sounds. These sounds echo around the nearby buildings. As our paths cross, I offer the woman a small crinkle-eyed smile. 

I’d like to say that child was ‘loud’ but tried to work around it as labeling a child ‘loud’ can set the stage for conflict. Imagine if someone labeled your child ‘loud.’ How would you react?

Now I’m thinking of how my family and I are adjusting to city life after living in the back blocks – we are much quieter that we have been before – but our neighbours possibly call us loud!

Published by Rowena McGregor

I am an educator, librarian, & researcher interested in how a transpersonal approach can transform communication and create connections even when we are in conflict. I also love snails -- little metaphors I use to remind myself to take some time to dwell on an idea, to revisit it, to circle around it, for as long as I need before I 'get' it.

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