The Sounds of Life

What sounds make you happy?

What is your favorite sound?  Is it the sound of a revving engine, which means you’re heading off for a ride?  Is it your favorite song, blasting away on the radio with the sunroof open and the windows down, and you singing along?  Is it the perfect performance of a beautiful piece of music, or the sound of a lawn mower signaling that it’s a sunny Saturday summer morning?

I love the sound of the ocean, how it grows louder as a walk toward the water, how the waves sound as they flow gently or crash loudly on the shore.  But my absolute favorite sound is baby belly laughter.  The sound of a baby laughing always makes me smile!  Baby belly laughter in general is great, but it is particularly beautiful to me when it is my granddaughter laughing.

My daughter and son-in-law live in another state, so I don’t get to see them often enough.  But one of my favorite memories from their last visit was holding Lila in front of my mirrored closet door.  Lila loves mirrors.  She thinks that the baby in the mirror is funny and likes to see herself kick and move.  Dan and I held her in front of the mirror and I let her kick away as she baby belly laughed.  Ah, that sound!  I can still hear it in my memory and it is golden!

I think that is why we love our favorite sounds.  They remind us of the things we like, evoke the memories of a certain time or place, or make us feel closer to the people we love.  Fill your life with happy sounds, and enjoy the sounds that make you happy!