Lemonade and peppermint sticks. It’s a 6.

A scalloped edged dollop of cloud cover plummeted to the blacktop before me, sp-l-l-a-t! Absorbed by the asphalt, all melty like a blackened S’mores over a too hot fire, I didn’t need a thermometer to tell me today would be another scorcher.

A slow, steady trickle of perfectly formed beads of sweat dripped from my face as if sourced from an ancient artesian aquifer and yet, this face faucet sensation paled in comparison to the tiny, raging rivulet between my breasts flowing downward, obedient to Newton’s first law. A gluey, syrupy film had begun to appear on my arms and legs, until it covered the entire surface of my body, perspiration seeping from every pore – who turned the sauna to 212°?!

A quick glance at the water level in my Hydro Flask cautioned me from continuing my walking odyssey, 2 hours having passed since sparkling sunshine, bluest blue skies and caressing breeze seduced me out of doors; I still needed to make the return trip. Adaptability, endurance, high tolerance, straight away were no match for the burgeoning desire to get back home, peel the sopping clothing stuck to my body like the thin skin of an onion layer, and step into my state of the art thermostatic shower system with multi function shower head and rain head and luxuriate in the cascade of cool, cool, cool water.

 

32 thoughts on “Lemonade and peppermint sticks. It’s a 6.

  1. UP July 30, 2020 / 12:06 am

    Smooth, very smooth. And the alliteration … lovely .

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  2. Frank Hubeny July 30, 2020 / 12:49 am

    That sounds like a walk that was two hours too long in such heat. It reminded me of days in Florida where an hour walk left me drenched with sweat.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 30, 2020 / 7:12 am

      I lived in Florida for 10 years and was thinking of stifling, hot days working in the sun. You know exactly what I’m talking about, Frank 😀

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  3. Pat Brockett July 30, 2020 / 12:50 am

    I can just imagine how good that cool shower felt to her.
    Great line. . .”Absorbed by the asphalt, all melty like a blackened S’mores over a too hot fire.”
    Another great description. . .”peel the sopping clothing stuck to my body like the thin skin of an onion layer.”

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  4. clark July 30, 2020 / 6:59 am

    It’s always the ‘return trip’ that challenges our confidence in being sufficient to the world and its demands.
    Excellent tuneage.

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  5. Bernadette Braganza July 30, 2020 / 10:09 am

    “state of the art thermostatic shower system with multi function shower head and rain head”

    I definitely need this. One more addition to my wishlist.

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  6. Romi July 30, 2020 / 9:57 pm

    What a vivid, graphic description! — I feel as if I were actually in this situation.

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  7. Rhen Laird July 31, 2020 / 2:28 am

    Wowza, you always Rock your Six!! I would so love a shower like that!!! I’m sitting here, sweating like a farm animal 🙂

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      • Rhen Laird July 31, 2020 / 7:32 am

        Absolutely, that’s what God gave us imaginations for, haha!!

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      • Rhen Laird July 31, 2020 / 9:12 am

        Did you get to see Bedelia? 🙂

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        • Rhen Laird July 31, 2020 / 8:42 pm

          No rush, no worries 🙂 Blessings to you!!! ❤

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  8. lensdailydiary July 31, 2020 / 4:11 pm

    I was sweating right along with you, Denise. Just came back from walking my daughters dog in 30/90 degrees heat with high humidity. That shower is gonna feel good. Very descriptive and realistic piece, Denise.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 31, 2020 / 8:03 pm

      Good man! I’m sure the dog was very happy 😀
      Humidity is the killer. Thank you, Len 🙂

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  9. The Vintage Toy Advertiser August 1, 2020 / 4:24 am

    A superb and sultry six, with that first sentence just dancing and singing about in the head. An imaginative and descriptive journey you just took us on. It’s so pressingly hot here atm with (unusually for here) no wind to cool down. I’m cold showering after finishing work then again before bed. Having to wear a mask at work during ten hour shifts is a mighty chore… that cold water at the end of the day is a blessing 🙂

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge August 1, 2020 / 11:03 am

      Thank you, V. A breeze, even small, can help to mitigate the oppressiveness of high temps. Nothing worse than a stand still, wall of heat.
      I’m wishing you a double dose of extra cold water 😀
      That is a mighty chore! And for 10 hour shifts. Hang in there 🙂

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      • The Vintage Toy Advertiser August 1, 2020 / 12:36 pm

        Hey D, thanks so much, X and hugs!
        The hot weather plus holiday makers in our touristic region is sadly making people forget their social distancing manners as they come out for the sun… worryingly, new cases of Covid-19 is on the rise again here, as it is in many other parts of the world.
        I moan about my mask, but am more than happy to wear it if it helps protect me and others. What’s a few hours of discomfort compared to a few weeks of virus, eh?
        Keep up the stellar work with SSS. Itching to join in again when I get a mo.
        Stay cool and safe 🙂

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge August 1, 2020 / 9:03 pm

          It seems once people are in “vacation” mode, especially at the beaches, social distancing isn’t even a thought. Not a pleasant aspect, but it is current reality. I’m sorry to hear that.
          Oh, no doubt! You have an excellent attitude. Wish more people shared that sentiment.
          Thank you, V. The door is always open.
          You too 🙂

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