I know as I get older that my tolerance to noise had dwindled. Sitting by a swimming pool is a good example. I think parents are oblivious to the noise that their own children make but, in most cases, they are listening to music, loud, on their iPhones, it would seem that their little darlings are literally being drowned out. What wonderful inventions earphones were. Just off to plumb mine in. Bliss.

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