I listen to NPR every day — and they’re running a lovely series called Summer Sounds. The one I heard yesterday was “screen door slamming.” So true!
Others have included golf, a steel drum and firecrackers.
Some of mine include:
The clang-clang-clang of a metal halyard against a sailboat mast
The gluoup sound of a canoe paddle digging deeply into cool, dark lake water
The lap of water against stone at lakeside
The haunting call of a loon
The clink of ice cubes in a glass of ice tea or lemonade — or (oooh, yes please!) a Tanqueray and tonic
The crunch of bus wheels on gravel, the sound of arriving at summer camp one more time, eight weeks of joy ahead
The gentle murmur of voices on the patio in the dark
The low steady hum of the air conditioner
The whine of mosquitoes (and the slap of getting one!)
The sing-song tune of the Good Humor truck
The sizzle of food cooking on a grill
The flapping of flip-flops
The farting noise when you try to squirt out the tube’s last little bit of sunscreen
The roaring buzz of cicadas
The splash of someone diving into a pool
The roar of a motorboat engine
How about you?