Some say it is golden ….. those with kids think it is ominous …… but just recently round these parts it has been deafening.
I know for sometime I have become a little intolerant of noise, I rarely tune in the radio, spin a cd or playlist the mp3’s anymore and have not been enthraled by audiobooks either. But the silence is LOUD. It is distracting and unsettling, coming close to turturous like a dripping tap or a ticking clock.
There does not seem to be the traffic or movement around to make noises, no roadworks or lawnmowers, no delivery vehicles or chattering voices. Every morn I ease back the curtains and the world outside my window looks and sounds like a silent Sunday. Yet the medical centre is still open for business, the primary school is in its academic year, the road is not closed or diverted, busses trundle up and down.
Am I going deaf?
With spending so much time in my little dark hovel, I know I am bright light adverse, having to squint and sniff back watery eyes when I first leave my cave. Is the same happening with my ears, because I am not making sound am I no longer as tuned to hearing them.
Well no, over the past couple of weeks when it was not raining [so very intermittently] the workmen have been here working on my block and their radio has been one and I have found myself playing ‘name-that-tune’ as the strains and baselines burrow into my ears. My new neighbour in the flat above makes more general noise than the previous one [no, he is not DIY-ing at 3am] just heavier footed and has a tendancy to throw his tea spoon into the metal sink when he makes a cuppa after coming back from the pub.
So I am not going deaf?
But this silence!
There could be a reason, the soft tapp-tapp-tapping, it’s all getting a bit ‘Poe’. The culprit is not one but four, each at its own rhytmn, each with its own tap, and none of them co-ordinated, I feel akin to someone working in a clock shop where every clock is a fraction of a second different. Could these charming little innocents be the cause of my torture? But they are so cute!