Slim Randles' Home Country
Drought can be a really ugly word.
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[August 14, 2014]
walked quietly out and looked toward the west. It seems as though
everyone did. Neighbors were out and the dogs were racing around
trying to set new yard-to-yard speed records. Yes, it was getting
dark there in the west.
But no one really wanted to say it. No one wanted to jinx it. Oh,
we’re grown up, educated more or less, and smart enough to come in
out of the … oops. Nearly slipped up there. But there is that
nagging little fear we all carry when we want something so badly
we’re afraid to talk about it. It might not happen.
I looked across the street and there was ol’ Windy Wilson, staring
west and snapping his suspenders in anticipation. Windy was here
before the invention of dirt and knows a few things. The closest our
talk came was simply Windy smiling at me and nodding yes.
Oh, we need it. Farms that have used irrigation for a hundred years
were now having faithful wells dry up. The nearby mountains held
several fires, as there was less moisture in some of the trees now
than in a cured two by four. Drought can be a really ugly word.
Mrs. Doc came out of her house with iced tea for about 10 people,
and we smiled and sipped it gratefully and looked toward the west.
The blackness was climbing higher. It was getting blacker, too.
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Doc walked over to the tree in his front yard
and looked at the thermometer. “Ninety-one,” he said.
And then came the breeze, that softly massaging coolness that said
we were the chosen ones. This was our afternoon. It was coming. It
The first rumbles of thunder made us smile and jump just a little as
the black ceiling drew itself over us like bed covers.
And then … RAIN!
We twirled in it and danced in it. Toddlers disassociated themselves
from clothing and hopped around like frogs. People with gray in
their hair wished they could, too.
Rain. To save us. Rain. We must have done something right for once.
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