Early Sunday mornings around here are drenched in silence. It’s a decadent feeling. You might even call it serene. There is the occasional sound of a car in the distance, the odd background hum of an air conditioner, but for the most part the birds have the Sunday morning playlist covered.
Hummingbirds zzzzzz through the air, darting and dancing among the various blossoms and edible insects. They have a short chipping call that I find endearing.
The coo of mourning doves lends an undertone of reverence to the mostly silent morning. Towhees get their name from the sound they make and I can count on a pair of them, at least, to add their notes to the quiet Sunday melody. There is the sweet peep peep of house finches and the cheery chirrup of sparrows. Not surprisingly, the Grackles seem to sleep in on Sunday mornings; which is fine with me, as their brackish caw adds little to the peaceful atmosphere. The mockingbird provides the variation in this quiet Sunday song, as its call will vary with its latest exploits.
Sure, the birds are singing every morning, not just on Sundays, but they are the predominate sound on Sundays. Today, the birds’ soft symphony is not a thing one has to search for amid the cacophony of traffic, dogs, horns, sirens, alarms, bells, construction, freeways, airplanes and people. Today, I get to enjoy the clear tones of nature, the morning breeze across my skin, the refreshing silence of a Sunday.
A Different Kind of Music
What a contrast this is to what will be later this afternoon. The park across the street will be alive with Frisbees, walking barking dogs, squeaking swings, thrown balls and children in their element. There might be a picnic in the ramada with an extended family or group of friends. The benches will fill with relaxed bodies, blankets spread out on the lawn. Babies will tentatively touch the grass and pull that sour face.
The sprinklers will surprise someone when they come on without warning and then a new game will occupy water-fascinated children. Tummies will get a taste of sunshine as a few people hang upside from the monkey bars. A tussle or two will result in tears. Bicycles will whiz past, scooters will clack, clack, clack across the sidewalk bumps, a longboarder will slouch past, beatnik like, relaxed and too cool for words.
Shoes will fill up with sand. Knees will get scraped. Faces will get dirty. Hands sticky. Souls saturated with the perfection of a Sunday afternoon.
Sundays were made for silence and sanctuary. They are ideal days for naps, friends and family, and good food. Sundays are perfect for contemplating the miraculous and the ordinary. The sacredness of Sundays manifests in so many ways. There’s no other day like a Sunday. It’s like a mini-holiday every week.. I guess that’s what it is, or can be, if we choose to make it so. It is a Holy Day, something simply divine.