Today's 100 words:
The word "silence" has transformed for me over the years. When I was younger, I equated silence with loneliness, with being left out, with hours spent reading or watching television with no one but myself for company. Now that I'm a mother, silence isn't lonely but desirable, something I seek out each day, getting up hours before the kids awake, carving out quiet time every morning and evening--time when I can be alone, time when I can hear myself think, time away from the chaos and noise that fill the rest of the day. Silence truly is golden now.