That’s one thing I hate! All the noise, noise, noise, noise! ~ The Grinch in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”(1966)
It’s noisy around here lately! Remember the great abundance of acorns on my driveway that I previously told you about? Well, they continue to fall at an impressive rate. I used to have a black top driveway. Now picture a gravel driveway – only with acorns! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating but the driveway is quite covered. They ‘noisy‘ part is the constant PLUNK, PLUNK, rattle, thump, rattle, thump, PLUNK, PLUNK, thwack of the acorns hitting the roof. Amanda heard the sound of several acorns THWACK-ing the roof this morning and said “What is that?” And I told her it was the acorns on the roof. She replied, “Wow – all those crazy squirrels in our yard!” After a brief discussion, I came to understand that she thought the acorns were being removed from the trees by the squirrels and they were bombing our house. I had to explain that acorns simply fall off like the Fall leaves, or wind-blown apples. We couldn’t blame the squirrels. PLUNK, rattle roll, rattle roll, PLUNK PLUNK.
Carl Fredricksen: Hey, let’s play a game. It’s called “See who can be quiet the longest.” Russell: Cool! My mom loves that game!~ Up(2009)
This afternoon my Pop and I were hunting down the source of a strange noise his computer was making. He described it as a beep beep beep. Amanda heard it after spending a short time on their computer. Pop went to investigate and when I went to the computer room a few minutes later I found him on all fours on the floor with half his head stuck in the computer tower. Listening. Listening for that darn noise. He made me take a turn. Oh – and it was decided that it really wasn’t a beep beep beep but a squeak-whirr squeak-whirr. After getting down on all fours and sticking my own head in the computer tower (and watching out of the corner of my eye the little fan on the top side of the inside of the tower) I figured it out. Noise identified! The advertised “whisper quiet fan” was not spinning in a whisper, but stuttering loudly with each start and stop as it was thermostatically controlled. Ted is going to have to help Pop with fixing that one! Funny how a relatively quiet little whirr-squeak sound can disrupt and annoy while sitting in front of your computer. But it does!
It’s wabbit season, and I’m hunting wabbits, so be vewy, vewy quiet! ~ Looney Tunes cartoon character Elmer Fudd (1940)
According to the Free Dictionary online, ‘noise’ is defined as “Sound or a sound that is loud, unpleasant, unexpected, or undesired.” Okay, so a noise might make you hold your ears, scrunch your shoulders (like fingernails on a chalkboard), make you jump (like a firecracker) or drive you crazy (like a squeaky computer fan). Life would sound pretty boring without them.
I hadn’t really noticed that I had a hearing problem. I just thought most people had given up on speaking clearly. ~ Hal Linden(2005 interview)
Have you ever been asked that ‘what if’ question that makes you think about, if you had to lose one of your senses, sight or sound, which one could you live without? (silly question, I know) I’ve always answered that I had to have my sight. I hate bugs and if I was blind in my own home, how could I see those little creepy things if I were blind?? Okay – there were other reason I’d choose my sight over sound, but I always chose sight. But as I think about hearing noises – acorns plunking on the roof and identifying quirky computer noises, I think I might find it rather empty without the ability to hear those sounds.
Sometimes life gets noisy. Enjoy the noise and look forward to the quiet.
When all the noise is gone there is only God. ~Author Unknown
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is
the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in
silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…. We
need silence to be able to touch souls. ~Mother Teresa