There are a lot of sounds at any given moment. There are more than you can really pay attention to and filter out note by note, so thankfully, your ears help you. The breeze rattling bare branches. Distant cheers of a soccer game. Cars honking. Your neighbors muffled steps and conversation. Water running. A vague hum. Dogs barking.
I’m paying more attention to laughing. It’s a sound that I want to hear more of. I want to overhear and participate in the quiet chuckles and the belly-hurting laughs (the ones you can’t stop yourself). I want to hear knees slapped. I want to hear the gleeful screams that follow and start a child’s delightful laughing fit. I want to hear snorts and gasps for air when others are stuck in an uncontrollable laugh.
What sound are you listening for?