The air chokes with heat. Not a leaf or parched blade of grass is moving.
The lone tomato plant in the pot guzzles water for its six clusters of small green orbs. Tiny yellow flowers announce more orbs will be arriving soon. Four days ago the peppers were no bigger than a fat thumb. Now they are almost as large as my palm. How do they do that?? How does a flower or tiny thing change into a substantial, edible vegetable so quickly and wondrously?
Clearly, my plants are loving the heat, the blistering rays of the sun, the hugs of the stifling air. Remarkable. As a human, wilting in the early morning, I am humbled by the power of nature to win out.
My scalp beings to sweat and I have only been in my patio chair for three minutes. It feels like someone has placed a wool blanket over my bare legs. My skin is beginning to feel oppressed.
The grounds are so ugly now. Little band-aids of green will soon disappear into the dry, mustard yellow brown of a scorched earth.
Cicadas are screaming, competing to be heard above the traffic, and they win. The high pitched vibrations drown out the tire and engine noises from the nearby pavement.
A bright, beautiful red male cardinal lands on the corner of the balcony.
I swear, its eyes looked disapprovingly at me.
The cardinal flits away to a nearby branch and waits.
He has me well trained. I place a handful of seeds on the corner of the balcony railing. OOPS. The “rules” here prohibit kindness to birds, but I sneak a bit of it in any way. Some rules are just stupid. I know of no one who can resist beauty, especially when it comes around just for you. And he is gorgeous.
My entire body is beginning to melt.
I am going to celebrate summer today. I will purchase a bag of lemons and squeeze all the juice out of them. I’ll pour in some sugar — the natural, healthier, Dr. Oz kind. I’ll get unhealthy brats, some peppers and onion, and fat hoagie buns and grill the brats in the corner of the balcony that will still be in shade at lunch time. We’ll drink up the cold lemonade and eat the brats. I will remember how my nine-year-old self didn’t give a hoot how hot it got in the summer. There was no school and I was with my best friend.
Yep. It’s time to celebrate what is; and summer…in spite of its current drought and brutal temperatures..has alot to offer.