I was once again lying in my hammock, getting my fix and enjoying the day. Behind me, the rumble and hum of a familiar sound made me smile---my neighbor's lawnmower.
Oddly, hearing my neighbor running his noisy mower does not irritate. I find it totally comforting. We are so bombarded daily with headlines that contain violence, crime, cruelty,political back biting and lately the saber rattling of various counties including our own.
The simple sound of the mower running means the world is still capable of operating in a Norman Rockwell manner. The ordinary continues to function in spite of human chaos and dysfunction. I find that quite reassuring.
Also, hearing this sound from a comfortable location like my hammock, means I am not mowing and that is a good thing.
Do you have sounds that make you smile? Ones that make you stop what you are doing to listen closely? Others that annoy the billy blue blazes out of you, even anger you? Below are some of mine.
A thunder clap: Ok, I don't think anyone welcomes that sound, especially those that occur right over the top of your house like end-of-world explosions. If you can hear it with out quickly repenting your sins, I am impressed.
The phone: Its ring goes through me like a knife, even though I have the tone set quite low, I am always startled by the shrill, peace shattering sound. The ring does not terrify like the thunder clap but it is seriously annoying. Cutesy ring tones don't help.
The sound of morning throat clearing has to be the most disgusting. It seems to just go on and on. When that sound comes from me, it makes me grateful I am not someone's spouse. I only annoy myself.
The side sucking, hacking sound of an animal getting ready to heave-- and they are on your bed.
The familiar sound of a family member or a friend's voice over the phone once I pick it up and stop that annoying ringing. The friendly voice, not trying to sell me something, is a real attitude adjuster.
Listening to a Mockingbird is a treasure I never tire of. So many sounds out of one small body. Luckily, I have a yard full of them and the tree by my hammock must have great acoustics for it is prime territory for them to hang out as they run through their vast repertoire. I don't move during their concerts.
Rain: I find gentle, hard, or even gully washer rains all enjoyable as long as they are not accompanied by those blankety-blank overhead thunder claps.
Mighty or Minnie snoring: Their sound is so cute, soft and gentle. It lets me know all is well with the little ones, thus my world. Sometimes they really get into it and that makes me giggle.
The soft nicker of my neighbor's little filly as she looks over the fence at the apple in my hand that is soon to be hers.
A baby with the giggles is totally infectious. Times 4 is a treasure.
Those are a few of the sounds that impact me.
What sounds either grate on your nerves or make you smile??