Friday, August 20, 2021

The Worst Sound


There are some sounds that mean bad things are happening. Other sounds are just hard to listen to. But sounds like the following are associated with messes or problems.

Glass breaking comes to mind. 

The sound of an engine turning over that will not start or the sound of the clicking that means the battery is too dead to turn over. 

A child's scream in pain.

But, I think I have determined the sound that evokes the most visceral response in me. It is the sound of a cat puking--repeatedly. 

I have a cat sitting in the kitchen right now puking. I want to do something violent to make the puking stop, but I am restraining myself from grabbing the cat and ushering it outside into the torrential rainstorm. 

The sound woke Chris up and she came downstairs to investigate. 

But it was just the cat. And I cleaned the messes up and sterilized the spots on the floor.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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