I was fast asleep when in the distance I awoke to a sneeze. It sounded at least a few houses away.
Nothing huge and explosive. Just a polite, sweet little.. "choooo". I rolled over on my back and stared at the ceiling wondering if I whispered god bless you would that person hear it? If I could hear the sneeze. Then, couldn't he hear my response back?
I was nervous to find out, so I rolled back over and fell back to sleep.
I told that story to a friend and he rambled on and on about how sound travels on cool, windless nights and that a low noise could be heard as far as six miles away.
Six miles away!
I mentioned that to another friend who thought that was absurd!
But, I didn't.
Because there is nothing more resounding than an expected phone call that never rings.
Or the deafening silence that follows the question, "you still love me, don't you?"
Or hearing a heart shatter into a million pieces after hearing a loved one has died.
So ... no. All of a sudden, six miles doesn't seem so far away.