Sound of Summer in the South


In the south, you can hear and see the heat. Every summer, the ceaseless background noise is the humming of cicadas. As a kid, I actually did think the noise was the sound of heat. There are lots of cicadas where I live, and they have this undulating buzz….a constant up and down, like the way heat looks over pavement. The heat is all-encompassing – hits you like a wet wall when you walk outside, you can see and hear it in waves. I love it – it is invigorating to soak up the sun. It can also be exhausting….it’s impossible to keep from getting sweaty…that can happen in the time it takes to walk from the door to my car.

The cicadas have been a staple of my childhood. They leave these awesome shells, completely intact, around the trees. My sister and I had fun finding and collecting them. The actual cicadas though, we don’t see very often. They stay up in the trees. I did see one though….on a trip to camp. 😀 I was in a cabin with 7 other girls, sharing two showers. When I shook out my towel one morning, a cicada fell out. They look pretty scary, especially to a junior high girl….this big black bug. I knew what it was though, so it didn’t bother me. But I did purposely leave it in the shower when I got out. The following scream was quite satisfying. 😀 In the end, I was the one who took it outside, because I was the only one that knew it was harmless. My final comment about cicadas is that they may be ugly, but they have really pretty iridescent wings. Note: there are many species of cicada all over the world, so everything I’ve mentioned is simply my experience with the cicadas in my area. If you’re curious, I suggest you check out the Wikipedia article I linked earlier. There are great pictures, recordings, even a video of a molting cicada.

This is just one aspect of Southern summer that I love. People complain about the heat here…constantly wish it would be cooler. But I love it. I soak up the heat….wouldn’t trade it for anything. I could never survive up north. I’m a southern girl raised on the summer song of the cicada.

What’s your favorite thing about summer in your area?

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4 thoughts on “Sound of Summer in the South

  1. I can’t believe you had the courage to engage in contact with that cicada, they gross me out. -_- I guess my favorite part of summer is having time to read and refresh, which is always appreciated.

    • Thomas, reading is pretty much my favorite part of any season. 😀 Not having lots of time to read this summer though, which is sad. Hope you get a chance to check out some really great books!

  2. Haha oh Cicadas. I love to scare my siblings with them.
    My favorite thing about summer is family cookouts. I seriously love love them. Oh and I love walking to my library. 🙂 It’s a book a day with me. Poor librarians probably are tired of me.

    • I would never do something like scare my siblings! 😉 (my siblings don’t read the comments on my blog, right?) I LOVE our library! I haven’t been this summer because I’m so busy….but before I left I went every week! Libraries are great. 🙂

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