Living on the outskirts of a small town is quiet, peaceful. There are only sounds in the distance, sounds of distant rumbling, sheep baaing, occasionally some traffic.
To my boys when we hear distant rumbling, they hear a truck on the bypass and it’s wonderful.
To my boys when we hear sheep baaing or cows mooing, they hear farm animals and it’s wonderful.
To my boys when we hear birds chirping or bees buzzing, they hear quieter sounds of nature and it’s wonderful.
To my boys when we hear chug chugging, they hear tractors and it’s wonderful.
In the city it is easy for the distant sounds, the traffic, the sirens, the people to just become a constant din of noise that all run together. In more rural areas you can start to pick out the distinct differences in trucks, tractors, insects, and animals. To little boys those sounds of nature are sounds of magic, imagination, life, and fun just waiting to be had.
I encourage everyone to take the time to enjoy the quiet and listen for those distant sounds of magic, of wonder, of imagination. Let your children enjoy them.