It’s hot here in the southeast. Typical weather for us this time of year in good ole Tennessee. The kind of hot and humid weather where I painstakingly use a curling iron on my hair for a little body, only to step outside where the humidity causes my curls to die a quick death, and then wonder why I even bothered. The kind of hot and humid where just walking to the mailbox makes you damp and sticky. The kind of hot and humid where my cats beg to go outside on the porch, but when I open the door to let them out, the heat hits them in the face and they high-tail it back to their comfy air-conditioned house where they flop on the cool hardwood floors.
I went walking early yesterday evening despite the heat. It was 7 pm and had cooled down to 90 degrees with a heat index still around 98. Ugh. I don’t tolerate heat and humidity well. I’ve grown up here and I have yet to adapt to it in 57 years. I abhor hot weather like this.
On my walk, I saw a flock of crows– okay, the technical term is a murder of crows, but who in their right mind goes around saying that? Anyway, as I walked by, a few of the crows who had been pecking at things on the ground, took off in flight. Some landed on tree branches and some on wires overhead. They looked down at me as I walked by and I swear those crows were panting. They also were holding their wings away from their bodies. Yep, every last one of them were open-mouthed breathing and holding their wings open and away from their bodies. Cooling mechanisms. I read an Audubon article once that said birds don’t pant like dogs. I disagree. I’ve seen it more than once. And I’m here to tell you that these crows were panting. Like dogs. You can’t deny it’s hot outside when the poor birds are panting.
This hot afternoon I clean out kitchen drawers and cabinets. I clean litter boxes and scrub toilets. I unload and reload the dishwasher and sweep and mop floors. I cook a dinner of baked fish, yellow rice, and green beans.
On these hot days, I thank God for this.
How hot is it where you live and how do you spend the hot days of summer?