Whew!! For the second morning in a row, it felt a mite tropical out there, and, there really was no joy in going out for the morning trek, just for the sake of getting it done.
When I left the house this morning, it was 76 degrees, with a humidity reading of nearly 100 percent.
Today is the second day of school, and the traffic was much busier than yesterday, as I suspect many of the schools just had a half day Monday. The big yellow busses were rolling down the street, leaving behind diesel fumes that could choke a horse – yup, the wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round as we settle into the September routine.
But, not all kids take the bus, so some parents, with their kids in tow, were still scurrying out of the house to jump in the vehicle to get on the road, with everyone still in “Summer mode” and the morning regimen not quite meshing yet. This means that I must pay special attention to frantic parents, trying to get their young ones to school before the school bell rings, and themselves to the workplace timely. I am constantly perusing the driveways that are ahead of me, for cars that might back out on a dime … many times I know the drivers do not see me coming and they are buckling up, looking back over their shoulder at their kids, sipping coffee, checking their phone … believe me … swiveling their head to the left just doesn’t happen all the time. Then, after they notice me, I get the sheepish look and a mouth formed in a perfect “O”, like “Oh my gosh – I never even saw you!”
I heard that the Detroit school system dismissed some students mid-day due to the heat in the classroom. I know that back in my days at Huff Junior High School, and even Lincoln Park High School, we had no amenities like A/C, or even fans, and, I clearly remember suffering through a few wicked hot June days when the temps soared and we were in an old classroom that felt like a sauna. If we were lucky, depending on where our last name fell in the alphabet, especially if there was assigned seating, we kids would hope for a desk close by the window to at least get a breeze. We had a dress code at Huff Junior High – no pants for girls, but minis were the style, so at least, as to the girls anyway, our legs weren’t too awfully hot. At the high school, the dress code was “anything goes”, but we did not get to wear shorts and tee-shirts back in the early 70s.
Hopefully a cooling trend is on the way …
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