I have lost my voice. I can barely talk above a whisper, and it is surprisingly effective. I think I have found a whole new parenting technique. The quieter I talk, the quieter the kids speak to me too.
My kids are little freaked out about the whole thing. My son said to me: "It feels like my ears are broken when I hear you talk."
It's like the whole house is speaking in whispers. It's quite amazing the effect whispering has on people. I guess its the opposite of when someone speaks loudly, and you raise your voice to match them. When someone is whispering to you, its just feels a little awkward to speak loudly back.
Maybe this is payback for my post on yelling. Maybe this my own personal form of swine flu, a painful throat, cough and lack of voice. Of course, that is a little unfair, because swine flu around here is also known as whine flu. And I can't whine, in fact I am still able to function on a somewhat-minimized level. I just have to choose my words carefully, kind of like verbal Twitter.
And I should tread carefully here because I don't want to start the whole man cold thing again. But let's be honest when mommy is sick life goes on. It's not like my hubby is wiping my brow and calling me "poor little bunny".
I could try and be a better person and say that when my voice returns I will have learned my lesson; speak softly and I will expect the kids to speak quietly in return. But we all know that won't happen...