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World Beat Kids

An aversion to inconveniencing others is deeply imbedded in my personality. Particularly when it comes to noise. I don’t want to impinge on other peoples’ right to quiet, and I agonize over what I feel is too much noise being made, and this always comes to the fore when kids and neighbors come together.

We have a neighbor downstairs. She rents from us. We are her landlords (a word that sounds to me like a medieval Scottish claymore wielding feudal skull thumper), and she is our vassal, er, renter. Nonetheless, I am acutely aware of each bump and thump the boys make. And they make plenty.

We have tried to get them to be quiet, but even well behaved two and three year old boys cannot help but make noise. They run, jump, play and drop things constantly. I’ve tried correcting them in a steady stream of   “Jacob! No! Toby! No!”, but after a while it just stresses me out, and it doesn’t help. And I know it sounds like a godawful racket downstairs. At seven in the morning.

Toby loves the Backyardigans, a cartoon featuring a kid who pretends to be the Yeti of the North by stomping and singing, “Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!” It is surprisingly difficult to dissuade a two year old from doing this first thing in the morning.

Stephanie’s sister Jennifer has come to stay with us for about a week to visit and to help in whatever way she can with the boys and with Sarah. We are glad to have her, to help and to visit. She has also brought her two year old son, Owen. Cousin Owen to Jacob and Toby. The only thing louder and more rambunctious than two little boys is three little boys.

The boys all love playing together, when they are not fighting over toys or crying over toys lost in said fights. One afternoon this week they pulled out the box containing Jacob and Toby’s collection of percussion instruments and had a bang up good time. Three boys (and later, dad joining in) banging on a variety of drums, cowbell, tambourines, maracas, and symbols can make some big noise.

I shuddered at the thought of how all of this sounded, but a rockin’ session of world beat banging with abandon is not to be passed up. We all enjoyed a good fifteen minutes of riotous banging, stomping, clanging and shouting. It was a cacophonous good time. (Sorry Katherine!)

Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 11:23PM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell in | Comments4 Comments

Reader Comments (4)

It sounds like you have a good group. Hope your tenant didn't mind too much. I remember when my 3 boys were 1, 2, & 3 what nise they could make. And now they are 48, 49, &50 but I bet they can still make noise.
Enjoy every minute of it as they grow up way too fast. I also remember you Brian being with us at 10yrs and what fun it was to have you with us
Love to all
Mary Lou and Jerry
September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lou
Reminds me of last night. Denver weather at this time of the year is just wonderful and crispy. Jan loves to keep the windows open as we sleep, but last night around midnight, we heard commotion of teenagers running and yelling outside our patio down below our second floor apartment. Jan heard it and she immediately jumped off the bed and close the window. I'd probably just ignore it and go on sleeping unles it goes on and on, ... such is apartment life.
September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDad
Ahh, the Backyardigans are great! ( I babysit alright) ;-)
Sounds like you guys had a blast! hopefully Katherine doesn't mind the noise too much.
September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn
Stephanie,

Thank you for your comment on our blog. I've read some past entries on your blog and it definitely brought back a lot of similar emotions that we had when Emma had her heart surgery. I felt the tears well up quite often as I was reading your journey through this. It's such a difficult thing to go through, but luckily the surgery is usually a one-time-fix-all type of thing. What a blessing it is that Sarah is doing so well!

You have a beautiful family. I think Sarah is soooo gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your family.

Hugs,
Teresa
September 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

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