Thursday, October 18, 2012

Highway noises

When I was a little girl, we lived far enough from a highway that we didn't hear highway sounds.  Those were also the days before freeways.  Traffic was routed on mainly 2 lane roads across the US.  Those roads went through towns, not around them.

For some reason, I wound up spending the night at someone's house sometime before I was 9 (when we moved away from there.)  I don't even remember if my siblings were along or not.  It was an older woman's house, and she lived on a farm along one of those highways.  That night I had a hard time sleeping.  I don't know why, I just remember waking up and feeling afraid.  Then I heard the trucks on the highway.  I knew I wasn't alone.  There were other people awake and they were all right.  I knew, in my child's way, that they were all right because those trucks just kept moving!

Now we live alongside a freeway.  There is an almost constant sound of vehicles going by.  In fact, those rare moments that there is a pause in traffic usually cause me to lift my head, wondering what is going on!  But sometimes, late at night, it is still a comfort to know that there are others awake.  I'm not the only one!

1 comment:

Simin said...

You are so right, Mary... I lived in a little village before I moved to Vienna and at 1 am all the lights on the street turned out and there was no one awake anymore and it was a little bit scary...

Now that I live in Vienna, there are always cars, tricks, subways, trams, people, kids around. I don't even hear it anymore I am so used to it :)