Sunday June 25th, 2017

The exercise:

Write about something that is: burning.

U-Pick went pretty well today. Plus we had some pre-picked cherries for sale, which a lot of people were happy to see. And buy. And eat.

You get the idea.

I think I've been out in the sun too much the last few days, as I wasn't feeling particularly good this afternoon. A little nap seemed to help, along with lots of water.

It's after midnight as I type this and the house is still hot.

I guess summer has arrived.

Mine:

"What's that smell?"

"I don't smell anything."

"Is something burning in the kitchen?"

"Nope."

"You're sure about that?"

"Uh huh."

"I'm going to check anyway."

"Knock yourself out."

"Damn it, John! All I asked you to do was boil some water!"

2 Comments:

Greg said...

Well done on the U-pick. I bet the pre-picked stuff really helped since it shows people what they can come back with and the quality of the fruit.
Plenty of water will definitely help you recover from dehydration and mild sunstroke, but don't forget to get some salts as well as dehydration affects their balance as well. In fact, if you put a salt-lick in the back-yard then not only will that help you, but it'll bring the deer back as well!
Ah, burning water. The staple of student cookery everywhere ;-)

Burning
Miss Snippet's science class had produced projects around the theme of the sun. They had arrived early to the exhibition hall and spent some time setting up careful dioramas of fields of solar collectors and attaching Arduino controllers and tiny motors. As the other children came in and set up there were envious glances and parents muttered about children getting help from adults.
Miss Snippet stood up, and made an announcement.
"The children here have done this all by themselves," she said. "Had any of their parents, siblings, friends, enemies, or casual acquaintances assisted or interfered in any way, I would have had words."
The silence that followed the announcement was profound.

When the judges arrived the sun had just reached the high windows of the hall. As they looked around, assessing the room and deciding where to start, sunlight fell onto the Arduino sensors and the solar arrays flexed and repositioned themselves. Flat screens became parabolic reflectors and with the precision of a laser beam sunlight lanced across the hall and burned up the competing exhibits.
"You'd think they'd have learned after last year," said Miss Snippet contemplatively.

Marc said...

Greg - ah yes, salt. I tend to forget that one. Thanks!

Ah, Miss Snippet and her students. Love the descriptions in this one.