Today's starter is: heat wave.
Here comes another one of those heat waves. The ones that cause the whole city to rant and rave. "The devil is coming," yells the wild-eyed man on the corner, "but Jesus saves!"
On days like these there's never enough shade. The dishes are left undone, the beds never made. House plants wilt, wither and fade. If your store isn't air conditioned, you're not getting paid.
Cool evenings are a blessing, a sorely needed respite. A time to stroll in the park, perhaps fly a kite. A bottle of wine, a blanket for two, a picnic by candlelight.
The heat, the sweat, the search for a fan - all of this we'll miss. Not in the coming days, but with the arrival of winter's cold kiss.