We are word-makers because we are meaning-makers. We encounter each other and meaning through words, and we are practiced in the arts of speech that fill the space in which we find ourselves. There is an expected chatter around holiday gatherings, however small. We are uncomfortable with the vacuum created by silence and long to fill it. Luther Standing Bear counsels the pause of silence, the courtesy of thought before speech. He counsels the simplicity of manners not their excess. Silence is something that we give to ourselves, but also grant to others. To make space for silence is to make space for others thoughtfully to enter in.