What do you hear and how does it influence you? Does it make you content or does it disturb you?
As I live in my family home and for near on 100 years now someone in the family has lived in here. So, at night I often recall the sounds of my childhood. The Sunday nights around the fuel stove, the nights when mum would allow us to make toast by holding the bread on a long fork and against the coals in the fire, smearing the hot toast with butter and munching into the smoky bread.
I can’t say I like the night. I never have, sometimes I find it peaceful and comforting but that’s not the norm for me. As I don’t sleep all that well, I am awake a lot and the night can be very long when that’s happening.
There are moments when I imagine my great grandparents sleeping in one of the rooms of the house. I don’t know which one as the nature of the house has changed so much.
What I find disturbing during the night are the sounds I can’t identify. I’ll be up out of bed looking to discover what it is that has me puzzled. Once I’ve sorted it out, I can get back to bed.
It’s not uncommon around here to have birds active at night, and certainly, at dawn, they all seem to be awake and discussing whatever it is that is so important they all have to talk at once.
Those apart from the sound of traffic going by are the sounds of my night.