Friday, April 22, 2016
What Was Lurking in My Kitchen
I heard the sound again. It was over before I could find the direction it was coming from. The refrigerator was in my line of sight and I felt a clutch in my stomach. Was there something wrong with it? Never a good experience. I heard the noise again. This time there were two staccato sounds close together. They weren’t rhythmic like dripping water or a motor trying to start over and over again. I hoped that eliminated the refrigerator. It was not a sound I could place, which I was pretty sure meant it was some kind of malfunction with something.
I walked around the kitchen again and there was no sound. Could whatever it was be over with? I went back to my coffee and of course, heard it again. I waited a few moments and then decided to just leave the kitchen. As I passed the cabinet under the built in stove top, I heard the noise and it was clearly coming from that vicinity. I felt an instant relief that it was not the refrigerator, but the relief was soon replaced by dread. What could be in that cabinet making the weird noise. I knew there was housing for the exhaust fan and I started to worry that there was some kind of creature under there. My imagination had pretty much taken over and I was thinking some kind of dragon- like lizard.
I also made an instant decision that I wasn’t up to opening the cabinet and finding out and would deal with it later. I left the kitchen and flopped on the couch. There was no repeat of the sounds as least that I could hear in there, but it was still on my mind. Again I started wondering what it could be. And then in a flash, it came to me what it might be, though I couldn’t figure out how. I went back in the kitchen just as the short whine sounded again and laughed when I saw that I was right.
No, the dragon hadn’t escaped the cabinet. I had laid my cell phone on top of an empty tea tin and the ding it made when an email came in had gotten magnified and changed by the open metal tin. Loud enough that I could hear it across the room and so different, I didn’t recognize it. Ah, it was the perfect ending to a problem. No repair or rescue needed. All I had to do what turn it to silent.
Life in the world of dings and doings.