It’s clear to see that this heat wave is leaving it’s mark. As I stare out the window, the trees stand motionless. The lack of any kind of breeze makes them look lazy, their leaves aren’t even flickering. They’ve developed an attitude. They’re rebelling against the triple digit temperatures. It’s as if they’ve come to a collective agreement that the less they move, the cooler they will be. Trees are smart.
The heat has stifled the birds as well. Their probably huddled away in a cooler part of the tree top, trying to find relief beneath the thickest and broadest branch they can find. Perhaps they’re fanning each other with their wings. Its too hot to fly and too hot to squawk. There will be no foraging today for these birds. Just a lazy day spent in a lazy tree.
It’s eerily quiet. The heat wave has pushed the mute button on life. In fact the only sounds I hear are the rattling of the insects in the weeds and the familiar buzz of the A/C unit that sits just below my bedroom window. It’s odd for it to be humming along at such an early hour. It usually doesn’t kick on until the sun has fully risen. It just goes to show that the heat changes things. Things are not normal.
I guess we are in the dog days of summer but don’t tell my dog that. When I open the door to let her out, she looks at me like I’m stupid. ”Are you nuts?” she’s thinking, “I’m not like you. I can hold it.” The squirrels and chipmunks can wait. She has no desire to chase them today. She is perfectly content with sleeping all day underneath the ceiling fan and dreaming of autumn when the air is crisp and the sun goes down earlier. Dogs are smart.
We can acclimate to the heat in most cases. But not this kind of heat. This kind of heat slows everything down. It zaps us of energy. It’s another simple reminder of how God has control. He is dictating the pace.
The heat wave has us. We have to slow down and take shelter. Maybe God wants us to take it easy and suffer a little. There is little comfort when it’s 103 degrees. This is our opportunity to enjoy the silence, sit in the shade, sweat a little and enjoy something cold to drink.
Stay cool my friends.
We all should have developed an immunity to pollen by now. The same way we get used to the effects of caffeine and sugar. You would think that since we have been exposed to it for so long that we would, eventually, not succumb to the effects of it but that’s not the case.
It takes over our worlds and smothers us. And unless you work for a drug company or Kleenex, it makes your life miserable.
It’s not a disease or a zombie uprising. It’s the great pollenocalypse.
Pollen arrives each year with a bang. It covers our lawns, sidewalks and cars with that greenish/yellow hue. Our pets turn yellow. Our children turn yellow. It’s springs version of a winter snow storm. It blankets everything.
Of course pollen has it’s purpose. The birds and the bees and all that. You know the story.
But it seems a bit excessive. Why is there so much of it? It seems like such a waste of good pollen.
What if there were alternative uses for pollen other than the reproduction of trees and plants?
I’ve thought of a few:
Turn it into fuel. With fuel prices rising, wouldn’t it be nice to use our excess pollen as an alternative to gasoline. Surely there is a genius chemist or biologist out there who could invent the technology needed to do this. I’d be the first to buy a pollen powered car.
Donate it to tree-less countries. There are remote, third world cities and villages that do not have trees and plants. I’ve seen them on TV and magazines. Those poor kids sitting on the sidewalk without a tree to climb or without a lawn to walk through in bare feet. What a horrible way to grow up, in a life without tree houses and yards. A life without running through sprinklers or swinging from rope swings. This could all be changed if we gave our excess pollen away.
Use it as artificial flavoring. It already resembles sugar or salt. The same chemist and biologists that turn it into fuel could turn it into something sweet or savory. Imagine adding pollen to your morning coffee or adding a pinch of pollen into that casserole you’re making for dinner. I’m sure pollen has good nutritional value as well.
With daily pollen counts in the thousands, most of our pollen is going to waste. What would you do with it all?