The Sounds Of A Summer Night

Cousin Jeff is in town, and last night after dinner he, Kish and I sat out on our patio in the darkness, talking.  As we chatted, I was struck by how loud the background sounds of a summer evening can be.  There was a steady, discernible buzz of different insect noises, led by the high-pitched, crackling chirping of crickets.  That symphony was then punctuated by an occasional dog bark, a happy shout from one of the neighborhood kids, or the distant drone of a passing car.

To me, at least, the thrum and throb of a summer night is incredibly soothing — and it also makes me realize how many unseen bugs call our backyard home.

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