This morning I woke up to the sound of beeps. The complex is getting a facelift. The Conservatory is beautifully maintained which takes a great deal of work. So for a week we’ve had cherry pickers ascending and descending with a lot of beep-beeps. After the first few, the cats settled down. I didn’t do that nearly as well which surprised me because I thought they were much more high maintenance than I. It took me two days until I stopped noticing the beeps.
The other day, I heard very light beeps, about four or five minutes apart. The tone wasn’t loud enough for me to discover where it came from–odd because this is a very small apartment. I got a chair and put it in the middle of the kitchen where I sat to try to locate the sound. Nothing. I moved to the hall. All this movement away from them worried the cats. They followed me every place my chair and I went meowing and generally upset. I finally decided it was low battery on the sprinkler system and called maintenance to take care of it. Aah, the luxury of having people who do these choirs.
Then there was another beeping that came at varying times and I could not catch the culprit no matter how I listened. Finally figured out it was a warning the battery on my cell running down. Most of you probably know that, but I’m helplessly behind with cellphones. If I plug it in, I’m fine. If not, I wonder where that buzzing’s coming from.
The sounds I love to hear come from real creatures: Scooter purring and Maggie meowing loudly to nag me to come with with her and pet her. People outside laughing and enjoying. The sounds of people dining together or laughing in water aerobics.
For sounds are not always noise. They warn and comfort and remind us that we aren’t alone, that the world is going on and we can join in.
Whoops–the beep on the dryer just sounded. Excuse me while I fold sheets.