Saturday, March 5, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week 9 -- Sounds

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History is an annual challenge for family historians to write about their own lives.  Amy Coffin is the author. 

Week 8 poses this question:  What sounds take you back to your childhood?


Rain pounding on the slate roof of an old farmhouse.  Gentle rhythm of ocean waves.  Tornado winds.  The soft nicker of a horse.  A happy bray from the family beagle, Pokey.  Notes from my piano filling the air and floating out into the valley.  Mom's voice on the phone with one of her sisters or cousins.  Harsh stuttering of the tractor engine.  Muffled tenor drums and footfalls honoring veterans.  Clucking, scratching of chickens.  Dad's laughter, too infrequent.  The creative chatter of a sewing machine.  Soft slapping of pinochle cards.

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