It’s spring in the foothills of the Blue Ridge…and rainy…and humid when it’s not rainy. Thank a low-pressure system located somewhere in distant Florida. The weather liars say five more days of this on and off and on-again rain. We’ll see if they lie. I walked this morning and the air was humid…as in I was drowning in my own sweat by nine in the AM humid. I need to go out earlier but, in a month, it won’t matter, it will be humid no matter what time I walk.
I’m drowning tonight. Drowning my aches and pains with a dark amber liquid. Watching my bride swing on the front porch, a Jack Daniels in my left hand and a cigar in the right. Jimmy Buffett croons softly in the background reminding me “if we weren’t all crazy we’d all go insane.” If this is drowning, I’ll gladly go to my maker. Swinging back and forth going nowhere, with nowhere to go. The smooth bite of the brown liquor, the aroma of burning tobacco, and the rhythmic creaking of the swing chain keeping time to the music. Telling stories to my love who has heard them all before.
The tree frogs must feel the humidity building with the clouds to the south. They are singing at the top of their lungs. Their high-frequency chirping must be calling the rain because it’s beginning to spit a bit. I love their song, so comforting, so soothing…so “nature-all”…along with the cadence of the raindrops falling above my head.
I look out at in my Garden of Eden…make that the Wilderness of Linda, Linda my bride. With her jumbled greenery, there are biting or stinging rascals hiding in the darkness just outside my front porch oasis. The overhead fan stirs the smoke from the three citronella candles surrounding the porch. Citronella must work, I haven’t been bitten yet… which is a false sense of prosperity. The little vampires are lurking, buzzing about somewhere. I don’t think mosquitoes ever really leave our little piece of heaven.
Oops! I killed my first mosquito and lightning flashes are followed by a distant rumble. A spring thunderstorm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Close enough to be concerned, close enough to drive us in.
There was a time, some thirty years ago, before we air-conditioned our ancient farmhouse. We sat on the front porch to escape the heat that had built inside the house during the day. Sat talking about our workday, the kids we taught or coached, the dreams we had until we had to go to bed, heat be damned, ceiling fans working on high. Early beginnings to another work day were the cause.
Despite being retired with no schedule, and no alarm clock, it’s too easy to escape to the air conditioning, to the TV with hundreds of channels but no programming we want to watch…or to the laptop I use to write this. Sometimes I miss those days when we were simply swingin’ into spring.
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