Years ago, I heard a story about a woman, who had major surgery on her throat. The worst part came afterwards—she was not able to talk for six months. Having a husband and six children, this proved daunting.
The family worked out a system; any time the mother needed one of the kids, she blew a whistle. She carried a little note pad throughout the house, which allowed her to quickly scribble a note when needed.
After six months, she was a changed woman. She also noticed that her kids behaved better than at any time, since they had been born.
Ultimately, she decided, “I'm never going to holler again.” She further testified, “You would not believe how many of those notes I tore up and threw away, after I read what I wanted to say."