Summer Sounds: Paddleball

Listener Erika Bocian joins the many people telling us about the sounds that evoke summer for them. Hers is the sound of paddleball being played.

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Now it's time for another sound of summer.


ERIKA BOCIAN: My name is Erika Bocian. I'm a geographer, and I currently live in New Jersey.

SIEGEL: And the sound that Erika wants to share is a small rubber ball hitting a wooden paddle.


BOCIAN: We were beach kids growing up on the white sands of the Mediterranean seashore in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. We didn't have summer camps or other organized activities. We had the beach, each other and few supervising adults.

No sooner had our feet touched the sands when someone would start a game of beach paddleball.


BOCIAN: It is played by two people with what look like oversized wooden ping- pong paddles and a small rubber ball.


BOCIAN: We played it until we couldn't take it anymore. It served as the topic and the backdrop to our conversations.

The wooden paddle may as well have been permanently glued to our palms.


SIEGEL: A summer sound from Erika Bocian of New Jersey.

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