Here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland we are in the midst of a drought. We had a very warm winter with lots of sun and lovely warm weather-a bit unusual for us. The result was little snow and rain so we were five inches below normal rainfall. A nor’easter blew through yesterday bringing cold weather and about three inches of rain. It was quite nice to stay inside after caring for the animals and read while drinking hot tea. When I woke up today I was shocked to hear the spring peeper frogs again peeping away in full chorus. I had not heard them in a few weeks. I love hearing the peeper frogs. They are one of my all time favorite sounds. It tells me it is spring and warm weather is coming. That the osprey will arrive and purple Martin birds will soon start to nest. After the peeper frogs soon the bull frogs start croaking their voices loud and strong out front in the pond to the point it can be deafening.
In late fall I know winter is coming by the call of the Canadian Geese as they migrate to our region to weather the winter. It is another one of my favorite sounds.
I love the sound of Abby the cat as she meowed hello every night I came home from work. She even sounded annoyed if I was late. She went home to my Mom and step dad’s but she was a nice winter guest.
I have found over the years my tastes in music has changed and expanded, I love noises and sounds I never thought would have meaning to me. I always cherish the laughter and voices of families and friends. I had two Golden Retrievers who both only barked once in the years I had them but oh I loved those two barks!
What a gift the rain was yesterday and bringing the spring peepers back to peep if even for one day.
What are some of your favorite sounds? Have they changed over the years?