We are getting our regularly scheduled little thunderstorm right now. This is the way it always used to be in the summer but I do not think it was as hot twenty years ago as it is now. I could be wrong. I know that I lived without air conditioning in many different houses in Tallahassee with only a box fan in the window at night. Perhaps it was merely that I was younger and more able to tolerate the heat. But these late afternoon showers have always been a blessing. We do not get them every year now so we appreciate them even more when we do. They don't really give us a lot of rain. The plants are still droopy or have their fronds folded in on themselves, depending on what sort of plant they are. But they are alive.
We had such a good time with Gibson. We had our chicken dinner and I even made biscuits because THAT IS WHAT MEEMAWS DO! Ask anyone. They'll tell you. After he took his shower and was ready for bed I asked if there was anything else he wanted or needed.
"For you to read The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza," he said.
My heart swelled and leapt in my bosom. I swooned.
I don't think I've read that book to a grandchild in over a year.
For about forty-five minutes and then I knew I was going to have heat-stroke if I didn't get out of the sun. When you start feeling a little nauseous, it's time to seek shade.
And I did. I put on my bathing costume and drove down to the river even though it is the last Sunday before school starts and I knew it was going to be ridiculously crowded. I was that hot.
Unfortunately, I had forgotten to take out my AirPods.
Oh. My. God. How did I do that? Don't know but I did. One stayed in my ear but I had to search for the other one and because the water, despite all the people swimming and playing, was clear, I found it. Still, it had been in the water for at least a minute or two.
Oh well. I figured I'd either ruined them or they'd come back to life and what was done was done.
I had thought about staying for a little while to take a couple of dips but there were just so many people there I could not. So I picked up my things and headed back to the car and backed out of the parking space, making someone very happy.
"Did you put any on?" he asked his Boppy.
Neither one of them did.
Grandfathers. What can you say?
Well, they are all alive and will sleep well tonight and had an adventure and that's what counts. They did not get many scallops but at least those kids know how to do it now.