12/01/2012 - Ever since my oldest son acquired a '71 VW Bug, I have been hooked
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on these little cars. It doesn't matter if one is restored or ridden with rust; a
Bug turns my head. Their headlights, simple steering wheels, puttering
engines and the sound of their horns make me smile. But there is one thing I
do not like about it (or any car for that matter) and that is a stuck horn
blaring in the night. No matter how sweet a Bug can sound with a tap or
two, it is annoying if the horn ring gets stuck.
This happened recently. (Sorry, neighbors!) Luckily, I didn't have to
use my extremely limited mechanical know-how. My son knew what to do
and quickly restored our block to its peace and quiet.
Monotony is like a horn stuck in place. It's annoying and it can easily
override our peace and quiet. Why, it can drive us buggy! The word
monotony comes from two Greek words, one meaning "one" and the other
meaning "sound". Literally it means "one sound''
Noah Webster in the 1828 American Dictionary of the English
Language defines monotony as "sameness''. The definition, like monotony,
lacks excitement. No good time here.
Have you ever used the saying "Samo Samo"? If so, you used the
Gothic language to say, "the same sameness'' thus adequately expressing the
repetition of more repetition.
While monotony is annoying, it has a purpose. Like a blaring horn, it
can get our attention and remind us that our minds and lives need variety.
By making a few simple changes, we can forgo feeling stuck.
In my home, monotony sometimes shows up during meal times. My
family's weak smiles let me know that they have had too much spaghetti or
tacos lately. It's the kicker for me to recall other options such as fajitas,
manicotti, sweet and sour chicken, salmon patties, corned beef and turkey a l
la king. With that motivation, I also look for less familiar cheeses,
vegetables, fruits and grains to enjoy. My family (and my taste buds) thank
Be encouraged. Monotony can be silenced inexpensively. Our public
library can generously supply us with interesting books, CDs, videos,
magazines, programs and classes for us to enjoy individually and as a
family. Our many packs, big and small, noticeable and secluded, are
available for us to picnic, sled, exercise and just be.
Our lives don't have to be monotonous. We can be responsible and
still have fun. It doesn't take a lot of money -- just a creative approach.