Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I was pondering today on the emotional feelings that can go with a sound. For instance, my heart never fails to give a leap of anxiety when I hear one of the children coughing at night. Lately the sound of the toilet flushing upstairs brings with it a wave of pride and relief because that means someone made it to the bathroom in time and that is a penny (or thirty) I am saving by not using a diaper.
One of my most favorite sounds in the world is the front door opening. It means Tyler is home. I can't really express all the emotions that run through me from that small seemingly inconsequential noise. I am a little put-out when one of the children opens the door around the time he would normally come home, because the surge of adrenaline is annoying when there is no Tyler to go with it.
A few days ago, I heard possibly one of the worst sounds in the world. It was an ice cream truck (which is annoying by itself) playing It's a Small World. What a terrible combination.

For posterity, I need to document one of my favorite sounds from childhood. When my Dad would get medicine or eye-drops for me, he would rub the bottle between his hands to shake it up, and it would make this cool clicking sound—kinda like when you shake a can of spray paint. I always loved that sound; and I would try to duplicate it by rubbing the bottle between my hands, but I could never make it work. It wasn't until years later that I discovered it was his wedding ring clicking against the bottle. Now I can make that sound too (thanx Tyler).

What are some of your favorite sounds, or least favorite?


Raging Stallion said...

Canon in D — the best collection of sounds in the world.

Cindy B said...

For worst, I have to say that I can hear any one of my children throwing up in the middle of the night, no matter how sound asleep I am. It wakes me up every time. And then there's the screech of brakes followed by the thud! I hate that sound too. You just know something is going to hurt very soon.

I can't think of a best sound - maybe it depends on the day. Sometimes it's my phone ringing, when I'm expecting a call.

Katie Phelps said...

I love the sound of the garbage disposal in the kitchen: because running the disposal and starting the dishwasher are the very last things I do when cleaning the kitchen and so it means that I'm done and my kitchen is CLEAN!

My family is really really loud too, so I love all the yelling and noise they make when getting ready to leave somewhere. It's so funny, because it's totally ridiculous. But I love them for their noise.

Rynell said...

I love my kids' uncontrollable giggles. They all have a different sound, but it is very happiness-inducing. I love the sounds of water in nature. Streams, rivers, waterfalls, gurgling brooks and the like. I also prefer certain keys over others music.

I hate sounds of kids vomiting or coughing. It makes me worry and think of horrid messes. I also hate the sound of styrofoam being scrunched or chalkboards being scratched.

¡Vieve! said...

I kinda don't think that I have a favorite sound.

My least favorite sound is tiny children screaming in a theater or restaurant.

skye said...

I agree with raging stallion on the Canon in D. It's my absolute favorite. I also love my cell phone's ringtone. It's not a downloaded song or anything, but I just love the happy, up-tempo beat of it. It brings back good memories, in me and my children.

This one's a bit weird, but I love white noise, like having a fan on. I have one running day and night.

My husband and son have the cutest uncontrollable laughs. It was one of the things I loved best about Hubby when we were dating, and now my son has one too.

The one thing I absolute despise is hearing other people's super-loud, bass-driven music. Whether it's from a car or from my next-door neighbors, it drives me nuts. Oh, and so does whiny children. :)

Cindy B said...

Wait, I thought of my favorite. It's rain. I love the sound of rain, especially on a tin roof. It makes me feel safe and happy.

Chelle! said...

I think one of my favorite sounds is the sound of rain. But, there are many that I love just as equally...but that could be one of my blogs later on...