Yesterday the temperature here in the upper desert was easily 107 degrees; It depended what part of town one was in. It was 111 in one part, and only 97 in another. The sidewalks were empty, no one was walking a dog or heading to the local market. It was stinking hot.
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Normally their little toddlers are toddling around, being so cute with drool and bits of crackers on their faces. They weren’t yesterday. No, the toddlers were crashed in their strollers, red-faced and miserable. At least they had a bottle with something to drink.
I wanted to steal the bottle, but the mother was watching me closely.
There was a silence that crackled; when it is that hot outside, I swear everything and everyone crackled. The sidewalk was a pancake griddle; when I walked across it to get to the lunch area shade, the heat that rose from the griddle burned the hair off my legs. I needed to shave them anyway. The trees crackled, or perhaps it was the leaves that were crackling out their last bit of moisture.
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My face must have given the image of one who was about to pass out. I felt that way. My cheeks were a shade of red that defies any color description, and the rest of my face was white, pasty white like Elmo’s glue white.
Even the school children left their air-conditioned classroom like normal kids, but they crackled the moment they hit the outside air. My granddaughters were silent as we walked to the car.
‘Please, God. Help me get to the car!’ I prayed. ‘I don’t want to pass out on the sidewalk. They would send for an ambulance, and…wait, let me pass out on the sidewalk after all…”
We made it to the car, just barely. As the girls fastened the seat belts, I got the A/C cranked up to the last number, 4. Why there isn’t a 5, 6, or 7, I don’t know.
I had forgotten I had left my iced coffee in the car. The ice was melted, but the diluted coffee was cool. I let the girls drink it all, Lord love them. It wouldn’t sound good to hear in the news that a grandmother let her granddaughters pass out from dehydration, while she sipped on iced coffee.