Summer begins and ends with the sound of the screen door. Although most screen doors open and close year round, that sloooowwww swing open followed by a sharp slap shut sounds oh so different when the days are long and lazy. The screen door gets a summer workout as barefoot kids run in and out a hundred times a day. How many times did Momma yell, shut the screen door, you’re letting the mosquitoes in!?
In fact, she says that to me every time I go home.
I particularly like the sound of the screen door at the lake. I consider that music to be the song of summer. The slapping sound echoes across the cove.
I take pictures of screen doors everywhere I go.
Like snowflakes (and people), no two are alike.
The screen doors in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, are especially ornate to match the quirky Victorian architecture.
Below is the screen door on our back porch. It doesn’t make the essential “pranging, wranging, springing” sound (Donald Harington’s words). We need to fix that.
We can thank Hannah Harger of Manchester, Iowa for the invention of this essential. According to the book Women Invent!, Harger is credited with the screen door patent. She was tired of the flies bothering her babies while she worked in her kitchen, so she did something about it.
And there you have it. With this morning’s swing of the screen door, we greet another day. Another fabulous day.
What sounds do you associate with summer?
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“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it.” Shel Silverstein
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