The Silence of Summer

I live in a quiet neighborhood of condos. There are few children, mostly older people or young singles and couples who don’t spend a lot of time at home. Quiet is good, especially for someone like me who is home a lot, writing, reading, thinking.

On Saturday morning, I took a walk up the hill and into another neighborhood, this one filled with houses and lawns. Families and kids. It was a beautiful day on the cusp of summer. And it was quiet.

Where was the hissing of summer lawns? The shouts of kids playing on swing sets and jungle gyms?

The jingle of the ice cream truck?

Oh hot summer days, windows are closed and there’s only the hum of air conditioners. Porches are empty – no one sits outside with a glass of cold lemonade, relishing the evening breeze. Too hot, too buggy. Quiet. The silence of summer.

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12 Comments

It’s interesting to hear your version of the sounds of summer. It is different here in Southern Spain. Every one lives outside in the summer. The sound of work and life starts at sunrise and goes on until around 2.30pm when most folk sit down to their main meal of the day. After lunch there is a break when every one hides indoors, away from the intense heat of the day. But, from 6pm until past midnight the villagers sit on the low stone walls around the village square to gossip, or outside the bar playing cards in the shade of the great plane tree. Patios become the ‘front room’ and voices can be heard chirrup-ing like cicadas way in to the night. Children ride their bicycles, play football, or draw doodles in the dust. The village comes alive in spring and summer. Winter is the time of silence here.

Too sad. Time outside is so good for us – I really notice it on days when I’m inside too much; my energy levels and overall mood are definitely affected.

Would you consider yourself a summer person? I’m a winter girl, myself. I cannot take the heat. Never could. Great post, by the way!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Great post and video! Add technology to the mix, and it’s another reason kids aren’t outside as much as they used to be.

I have lived in my subdivision for 44 years. I remember kids, mine included, being outside all day, playing ball, biking, just goofing around. Now, there are fewer children, but I see no one outside. All the homes have AC so that is not what the difference is. My neighbors and I have talked about this and the only thing we can figure out is that we have terrified parents into thinking that their children will be harmed if they are not attached to the parent or another adult 24/7.

LOVED the video! Reminds me of the ads we would see at the drive-in theater on muggy, buggy summer nights back when I was a kid. ๐Ÿ™‚

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