Quiet now, the silent treatment isn’t all bad

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After a steady accumulation of slights, insults and petty gripes, Arlo and Evie combusted
– then gave each other the silent treatment. For the rest of the day, when crossing paths in the house, they were like strangers passing in the street.

Illustration by Jim Pavlidis.

Illustration by Jim Pavlidis.Credit:

When their mother, Nova, said she’d “had it up to here” with them, they flounced off to their rooms to nurse their grievances.

Nova, annoyed, collapsed on the couch, but soon wondered if it wasn’t so bad after all. The silence was astonishing, and she closed her eyes and breathed deeply, filling herself with its restorative qualities.

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