Friday, December 20, 2013

Celebrate the Small Things: Morning Sounds



Today I'm celebrating the sounds we take for granted. There are so many, and without the ability to hear, it would be a very different day indeed. Morning sounds alone are enough to make me appreciative. 

  --the click of the keyboard as I type this message. How wonderful I learned to type at an early age. I once worked for someone who had never learned to type, except to poke at the keys randomly.

--the rush of air when the furnace clicks on, warming the house and my body, and telling me it is time to get up. We heat with natural gas--so easy, so efficient, a luxury I dare not take for granted when I think of those in the world that must search for wood or dried animal feces to heat and cook with on a daily basis.

--coffee grinding downstairs in the grinder when Vince wakes up earlier than me, and the trickle of the coffee pot brewing.

--the strum of his guitar before getting ready and leaving for work. James Taylor is his favorite, but lately, Silent Night.

--smart phones beeping, alerting us to messages or the need to charge when we have forgotten.

--the suction of the refrigerator door opening and closing.

--the clang of dishes, pots and silverware coming out of the dishwasher.

--the vibrating hum of the microwave and beep at the end.

--sometimes the sound of NPR news on the radio, but lately we prefer it quiet. We are both information-overloaded.

--hot and cold flowing water, surging through our pipes at the flush of a handle, the twist of a knob, the lift of a handle, and back out again as it drains.

--garage doors opening and closing as Vince and my neighbors leave for work.

-trucks and cars parked on the street, starting their engines, car alarms accidentally tripping, car doors slamming shut, and the hum of these vehicles as they pass.

--a dog left outside, sad to be left alone and barking.

--the gentle click of a clock, reminding me it is time to get busy.



How about you? What would you add to this list?


Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


(Thanks Viklit for hosting a fun blog hop)



Copyright 2013 © Sharon Himsl

14 comments:

  1. When I started reading this, I thought to myself that I do pay attention. I love the sounds of the birds in the morning. Then, as I continued reading I realized just how many sounds I do take for granted, and how much I would miss them if they were gone. hearing is a wonderful thing to celebrate this week. Thanks Sharon.

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    1. Hi Rhonda. I miss the sound of birds in the winter here, but was surprised at what I discovered. What a rich sense, hearing is! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. We sure do take sounds for granted, and when we travel somewhere, it's so fun to hear new sounds. In Hawaii, it's the Nei-Nei bird and the roosters and the crashing waves.

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    1. Hi Cathy. No kidding....and Hawai has some of the best sounds with that pounding surf. Wish I had seen the birds you mention when in Maui recently.

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  3. I, too, love the sound of keyboard keys as I type.

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    1. Have always loved this sound, and on typewriters too of old. Thanks, Liz.

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  4. What a beautiful celebration. When I started reading this I muted my TV. I could hear a clock's ticking and the neighbor's Doberman barking. So many sounds we miss! I would add two things: my cuckoo clock chirping and the ship horns across the river at the end of my street.

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    1. The cuckoo clock is great...had one from Germany as a girl, and wish I still did! And the ship horns, oh my, what I would give to hear that today. I grew up on Puget Sound. Thanks, Bethie.

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  5. our dogs barking in the backyard, frogs croaking in the pond, and the hum of the air conditioner. It's hot here in Australia at the moment.

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    1. Oh, how different, and it is so cold here. Would love to hear frogs croaking. Days are so short now. Sky darkens around 4:30 pm.

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  6. Oh, such a good celebration...we definitely forget to pay attention sometimes (maybe a lot of the time) to the little sounds that make up our worlds!

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    1. True. I was surprised at how many I take for granted. Thanks for visiting, Joyce.

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  7. The strum of the guitar is always a peaceful sound.
    I never learned the proper way to type. I hunt and peck with just two fingers. I'm not very fast, but my speed with only two fingers might surprise you!

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    1. Oh, I'm surprised. You must have figured out a good method to be so productive as an author! Thanks for commenting, Alex.

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