Thursday, August 20, 2009

sound

Yesterday it was hot here. Really, really hot. We found a bit of relief at the International Fountain. This particular fountain has a water 'show' at intervals that includes a 'cannon' of water shooting up, making a very loud noise. We haven't been to the fountain since last summer, yet Cal didn't want to go today for fear of the noise. It was only the unbearable heat that drove him to conquer his fear. Last summer I was completely unaware that the noise had upset him, though clearly it was somewhat traumatic. Something similar happened this past winter. At the first hockey practice, the scoreboard buzzer (unintentionally) repeatedly sounded long and loud blasts. At the time, Cal seemed unaffected, but subsequently he was terrified of going back to the ice rink. It was only with the installation of ear plugs that he was willing to get back on the ice (with much fear and trepidation). Abbott is also fairly sound sensitive; perhaps genetic? Makes me want to read up on it. At any rate, the water show didn't happen while we were there so no loud noise, and a great time was had by all.

17 comments:

Tabiboo said...

It's amazing how our senses work and I truly believe some of us are more sensitive than others.

I love the water fountain - we could of done with one of those here yesterday as it was very 'very' hot as well.

Have a lovely day,

Nina x

kks said...

wow, what a cool fountain! i don't see any dogs....suppose they are not welcome....
i too hate loud noises....thankfully there are earplugs!
xo

Frau said...

I have sound issues too! Glad the earplugs work and he is able to play hard!

Tami said...

my children get startled very easily, we talk about things and try to prepare them.

Deidra said...

What a joy to see them soaking it all in! I'm so glad they were able to enjoy it!

KPiep said...

My youngest has also expressed some worry and fear over sounds. WE were told when she was a baby that she was probably just going to be on the sensitive side anyway because of the red in her hair. So far, it's holding true.

The fountain is really interesting! We have two spray gardens here that serve the same purpose, but they are made of much more standard fountains.

sweet fine day/Jenna said...

Mia loves this fountain every time we visit. Claudine is really sensitive to sound too and she'll often cover her ears when we're walking around if she hears something "too loud".

Purple Flowers said...

I have abit of an issue with really loud noises (i.e. sirens, heliocopters). Don't know why - it just is.
So glad your boys were able to have fun with the water.

Ina in Alaska said...

Oh that looks like fun. Other than the scary noise I kept wondering how slippery it could be...

Cris Siqueira said...

it really must be great and a funny way to enjoy the heat!!

nicola said...

oh, what fun! and how brave of cal!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Emily said...

my oldest son is very very sensitive to sound. we are actually having our next visitor from the states bring over a pair of noise blocking headphones so we can attend things like fireworks and parades and movies. hope they work!

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montague said...

it's HOT in nyc, too. and that first shot of the kid 'hugging' the fountain looks so refreshing!

likeschocolate said...

I don't think being sensitive to noise is a genetic disorder; however, I have a child who has sensory disorder which makes him more sensitive to new situation such as noise etc. He has mostly grown out of it, but some children are much more sensitive to noises than others. When my son was a baby I couldn't even run the vacume cleaner or the washer machinge. He hated riding in the car which most babies liked. I remember one trip from Seattle to Portland he cried all the way there. It took me 5 hrs instead of the 3.

tara said...

what a wonderful fountain~ i remember being in Europe, seeing all of the kids playing in the plumes and wondering why the fountains here were never swarming with children. i'm glad to see that this one is!
and i'm glad that the cannon show didn't happen!

liza said...

The fountain looks fantastic!
One of my sisters is very sensitive to sound, and to light, too. And my son is quite sensitive to sound. I do believe that sensory issues are genetic. And that they can be moved through with therapy.

Cate said...

wow, i want to jump into these pictures and run around. that looks like so much fun.