An Ode to the Screen Door
There are some sounds that snap me back to childhood summers. The music from a passing ice cream truck. The song we used to play over and over at the pool. The sound of a wooden screen door slamming against the frame.
Modern screen doors have hydraulic arms that prevent that slamming. But the old wooden doors just banged shut as you ran outside, your arms full of tasty bits and beverages to enjoy in the backyard.
Screen doors, for you apartment-dwelling urbanites, are a feature of rural and suburban homes designed to keep the bugs out of the house. My favorites are framed in wood, not fiberglass, aluminum or, offensively, plastic. Only wood gives you that satisfying THUD.