There was a patter of feet from the sitting-room and Barbara came running, Petunia in her arms.
But the rest of us have caught the patter and it makes us 'feel good'.
He fancied from the patter on the shingle roof, that it was raining outside.
The patter of feet in the hall and a knock at the door startled him.
I could make ten dollars a patter if I could do it as natural ...