It is July. It is the middle of July. We are now officially on the down-hill side of this year, and halfway through summer vacation, that awkward time when the "dog days of summer" are not yet here and the 4th of July picnic in Piggott is over. These are the days when every drive means we check out the crops, even if we aren't farmers. The corn's high, the cotton looks good, the rice is beginning to get a touch of gold and the soybeans look sort of thirsty.
We all watch as the clouds build up in the afternoon, hoping that a shower will fall on our spot. It is summer, after all. Years ago when I would come here in June or July to spend a week with my grandparents, there was no air-conditioning. We spent a lot of time in the summer kitchen and outside under the shade tree. Washing cars was a good way to cool off. How do you think wet T-shirts came to be?
Evenings, when the sun went down and the heat was less oppressive, we walked, taking in the fragrances of everyone's flower gardens and the loamy soil and perhaps newly mown grass. Sometimes the movie house offered a cool respite from the heat. Always teens gathered at the Dairy Dream or Ken's or the skating rink or wherever, to bump elbows and laugh and sing the latest songs along with the radio. You know what I think? Teens today aren't all that different. Enjoy your summer vacation, everyone.
Let's all give a big cheer to Lendell Small. He just got back from a week long car trip with his wife, his mother and his mother-in-law. Surely there is a sit-com waiting to be written. Lendell and Mary Small, Betty Small and Carol Stone took a trip to Yellowstone National Park. If they try to tell you it was Yosemite, don't believe it. They also drove to Devil's Tower and into the Black Hills. They visited Mt Rushmore as well. Carol says it was a wonderful trip and she says Lendell is a real trouper and a wonderful baggage handler. Welcome back, all. It is hard to imagine they saw all that in 7 days.
I am off to Stillwater, MN this week, so no column next week. Yes the Army Wives annual lake sojourn is about to happen again. All four of us (Anne Schuchmann, Jane Lendway, Lana Swearingen and I) will be there and Lana and I will have a book signing at the bookstore while we are there. Also swimming, eating and wine are in the forecast.
Happy retirement to Nancy Kemp! Glad to have her reach this stage. Her career duties have been seriously cramping our party schedule. Gonna have some celebrating to do.
Tammy Scott, our prayers are with you and your family right now. It is hard to lose your mother, but then she is not really lost, just watching from the other side.
Well I suppose I should end this now. Let me know what is going on with you. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (870) 595-3173. You can even drop me a line at 514 West 3rd St., Rector AR 72461. Stay cool, have fun and be safe.
Bless our military.