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Shhhhh: I’m falling asleep as I write this.



I’ve been known to “should” myself too much. I should have known better! I should have seen that coming. I should not stay up so late on the computer. Especially when I have to get up early.

I’m writing this SoCS Saturday post, from the prompt, “sh” (dang does the comma go before or after the quotation mark? I hate that. No the only thing I hate is… I forget.) It’s well after midnight, so I’m writing this on Saturday. And I should be sleeping. Shhhh.

I don’t like a lot of noise, which is kinda sad, because my hearing is not what it used to be. I’m having trouble hearing the person next to me in a crowded room. So, that’s one reason I like quiet. Shhhhh feels good to me. Soft birds singing, the sound of water gently lapping at the shore, the sound of music that is not loud music, those are noises I like. Quiet noises. Shhhhh is a soothing sound if it’s not said harshly.

“Shhhhhh.” said slowly to quiet a crying child, or the shhhhh sound of the wind, or the sound of a sea shell when you hold it up to your ear. The sound of my shooka shooka, that’s what I call my shaker. It sounds like it has coarse sand inside. You can make a shaker/shooka out of a plastic Easter egg filled with beans or rice. But I like my shooka shooka better.When I shake the shooka, it’s soft and smooth like rhythmic rain. I have rains stick too. I forget to play it.

Shhhhh. No more shoulds, just be who you are.

Can you imagine 10 hours of Shhhhh? This is better than any sleeping pill.

To read more SoCS posts on “sh,”  visit Linda’s blog:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 3/16

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

15 thoughts on “Shhhhh: I’m falling asleep as I write this.

  1. I was and am right there with you on a lot that you say in this post. I love the soft sound of shhhh, may it be from water or the perceived water inside a seashell. I love a rain stick too. I like the soft shhhh of a librarian, reminding people to keep it down. I “should” myself more than I should as well. Should have. Would have. Could have. Am I right?
    I guess sleep should be next, though I’m glad I read this first.

    • Yes, you are right about our common shoulds and love for the softer side of shhhhhh. I’m glad you can relate. Maybe we’ll be softer with our shoulds and turn them into wants. Could have could lead to, “next time, maybe I’ll……turn out the lights at midnight.” Maybe.

  2. wow!
    i’m reading this
    while i’m asleep 🙂

  3. There are white noise generators that can give you all kinds of “shhhhhhhhhhh.” I have tinnitus, so the “shhhhhhh” helps me get to sleep.

  4. I love shushing sounds, like waves and a breeze in the leaves. But I also love me a good, loud rock concert! 😀
    Great post, JoAnna. Hope you had a lovely sleep. 🙂

    • Thanks, Linda. Yeah I remember those loud rock concerts. Lots of fun, but I wonder it they had something to do with my hearing, or if it’s just age. Some of them were worth it, though. 🙂

  5. I like shh a lot too. I like quiet. No, I love quiet.
    I always wanted a rain stick and then when I finally bought one, I played with it for a few days and then it sat undisturbed apart from cleaning it. I donated it to a school some time back.

  6. So true Joanna! A great reminder 🙏🏻

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