Silence is a way of life. Mimes make money with it. Librarians insist on it. Husbands and wives use it as a weapon. Preachers command it in the name of God. Monks embrace it. And writers praise silence’s profound quality through book and song. Yes, silence is a way of life but not necessarily a choice. There is power in silence but it is the audience that creates expectations—that has an internal dialog shifting aim to fit into their self-assessment. What is he or she thinking about me? Why are they so quiet? What is it that they know and I don’t? It is internal perception. Perhaps the silent one is naturally quiet, painfully shy or perhaps the adage: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all, applies. Or perhaps cancer has eaten their voice box to ruin.
Continue reading my daughter's story.....Cloak of Silence: Superwoman on www.Gumbopress.co.uk/wordgumbo in their 'Silence' issue.