I sometimes think our sense of sound is the most “underrated” of the senses. We often talk of how wonderful fresh apple pie smells, or how beautiful an ocean sunset looks, or how delicious a homemade lasagna tastes (all true by the way), but it seems that we rarely talk of how amazing some things sound.
Today I would like to talk about my favorite sound on earth...the sound of rain on leaves. If I were to think back to the most beautiful thing I've ever heard in my lifetime…it was the first time that I truly “heard” this sound. I used to frequently hike to a large wooded area behind the house that I grew up in…usually hoping to come across some rare bird that I had never seen before so I could mark it down in my bird journal ...I was 12 don’t judge :)
One afternoon in particular, I was relatively far into the woods when a steady rain started and slowly grew into a torrential downpour. As long as I live, I’ll never forget what that sounded like. The sound of the pouring rain hitting the treetops was like a symphony…rain against leaf multiplied my millions. It was truly beyond description. The treetops provided ample shelter which allowed me to just stand there and appreciate what I was hearing.
That’s how the sound of rain on leaves became my favorite sound on earth.
What’s your favorite sound?