I went outside to get the newspaper this morning. I don’t know if it was me, or what, but there wasn’t a single soul stirring ANYWHERE. I looked up and down the block…NO ONE! The air was heavy with heat already at 8:00 in the morning. Not so unusual for the past few weeks; and not unusual at all for anywhere in these United States. It's hotter than HADES everywhere!!
I stood for a few moments just listening. You could hear everything….and yet nothing. Everything seemed held in a lifeless state by the heat. My flowers sadly hanging over one another trying to get shelter from the pounding sun. I just watered them, but it didn’t seem to matter.
Normally I’d see activity by now….neighbors, walkers, joggers…cars….but, nothing. This heat just kicks motivation in the ass.
I took my newspaper and walked back to the bench by my front door and sat in the silence for a while longer. As I looked around my yard I thought of the winter months when our trees and bushes would be draped in snow. I almost felt a little cooler.
I much prefer cooler weather to hotter weather anyway. I thought of my kids playing in the yard making snowmen and snow angels and snow forts and coming into the house completely red-faced and frozen…but it was a good frozen. What I wouldn’t have given for just a few minutes of that cold weather this morning….without the snow shoveling. How about you?
Then a blast of reality hit me square in the face, and I left the silence of the outside to be with my new best friend….air conditioning.