Walnut Sounds

There is this black walnut tree outside my brother’s house. The walnuts are the noisiest thing that I can think of. They fall on the sidewalk and in the street. Whenever a car parks or pulls away from a parking spot by the curb, running over walnuts, they go Pop Pop! Pop! Pop. It sounds like a baby machine gun (assuming a smaller machine gun would be proportionately less noisy). It is kind of like a calling card for the parking spots by the house. Pop, pop, pop, Pop! Oh, someone has just parked outside, might have a guest.

The other way that the walnuts are noise makers is if you are sitting in the front yard. Since I am recovering and not going many places these days, I try to at least get outside and sit in the front yard in the grass. With the walnut tree overhead, this is like walnut Russian roulette. That tree is literally raining down walnuts at all times of the day. It is pretty unpredictable, but man you can hear when one of those mini-tree bombs has landed- thwack! If it’s close it makes you flinch and throw up your arms to block your head. Then, you take a second and think to your self, “I wonder what the odds are that I’d get hit?” Then, luckily you forget about this possibility until the next attack.

I’m not sure if everybody notices the walnuts. It seems like they would, but maybe now it is just part of the scenery, the background noise. That’s too bad because I like the walnut sounds. I like the unpredictability of it and the risk of daring nature to hit me. I guess that is the benefit of sitting in the yard for a while with no particular agenda. It reminds me of a quote that I read recently:

“If you sit still you will see something, if you are very quiet you’ll hear something”

(From: When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron).


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kimberly
    Oct 08, 2015 @ 05:15:24

    I love the visual of you sitting in the yard peacefully and then suddenly throwing up your arms to protect yourself from a walnut attack. What do the birds think of you?



  2. caywoodschool
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 11:42:52

    For us, Leda, it’s the combination of seven chestnut trees above two buildings with metal roofs. Add the spiny hulls and it’s quite noisy. Hope your recuperation is progressing well!



  3. caywoodschool
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 11:54:53

    For us, it’s the chestnuts and their spiny hulls, hitting the metal roofs of the out buildings. Seven trees make quite a racket, Leda.



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