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A Southern heat

It is hotter than blazes out here—officially breaking 100ºF heat-index as I type. Now, that might not sound like much to you folks out there in places like California (where I used to live) or Arizona (where I grew up), but that’s a Southern hot, the kind Harper Lee describes in To Kill a Mockingbird:
. . . a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.
(Wow, that woman could write. That book (given to me by my sister-in-Jesus-and-soul and author-herself Susan) is one of my favorite (if not my absolute favorite) as far as novels go. I just saw the play at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and I'm still ruminating over it so.)

Anyways, the only good thing about high heat and humidity is that we get these great puffy, dark-undersided clouds hovering over my front and back yards. The sky is chock full of ‘em. Now, if we’d only get those thunderstorms they’re promising us. But right now those Weather Channel green-orange radar splotches are non-existent. Pass the talcum, please.

Comments

revabi said…
It is that hot and then some. You just don't want to be outside on those sweltering Alabama days. I envy you getting to see the play at the AL. Sheakspeare Festival, what a wonderful place. Hope you get the rain. And do use the talc.
carmen said…
no rain, sigh. and the shakespeare festival is one of the best play houses i've ever seen. incredible. in little ole montgomery, alabama. go figure. thanks for dropping by, rev!
Mary Beth said…
I first read TKAM when I was nine and I finished it with two thoughts:

1) oh, please, don't let it be over
and
2) I'm going to read this right over again now!

and I did.

Last month I listened to the unabridged book on tape. It was WONDERFUL and an entirely new way of hearing it. I recommend it. Especially in an air-conditioned car or house.

I got it from my public library!

Praying for rain or even just a breeze...!