Signs of summer in the South

I posted this on a Thursday Thirteen last summer, but I thought of it again this week when I thought my skin was going to be flayed before I could get from my car to Wal-Mart. It’s not original with me: I received it in an e-mail a while back.

Thirteen signs of summer in the South:

1. You step outside at 7:30 a.m. and break out into a sweat.

2. The birds have to use pot holders to pull worms out of the ground.

3. Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.

4. The cows are giving evaporated milk.

5. You can make instant sun tea.

6. You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.

7. You decide the best parking place is determined by amount of shade instead of distance.

8. Hot water now comes out of both taps.

9. A parent laments, “I wish it would rain – not so much for me, cuz I’ve seen it – but for my 7-year-old.”

10. You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

11. Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”

12. You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

13. The trees are whistling for the dogs.

17 thoughts on “Signs of summer in the South

  1. Ah, those wonderful warm days in the South. My daughter Cynthia, who just returned from nine weeks in Mexico, told me that it was 100 degrees today in Greenville. I really miss the sweltering heat, although we do get into the 90s up here in Minnesota. The problem for us, though, is that it could be 20 below zero five or six months from now! Oh, well.

  2. I wished all this had happened here in Belgium this summer, but besides rain and cold we had nothing, now it’s sunny but still cold ! We don’t have global warming but global freezing !

  3. I LOVE the seatbelt-as-branding-iron thing. So, so true. I live in Florida and I was complaining to my husband the other day about the lukewarmness of the water coming out of the cold tap.

    It’s like walking out into a solid brick wall out there. I love it all the same, but the summers are tough.

  4. lol, it must be pretty warm over there. We never get it that bad, although I do really wish that the rain would stop so we could finally get a bit of summer 😉

    happy T13

  5. I’m literally laughing out loud for all these. Great story it shows us about our southern states, truly. #13 still has me gigglin’!!! I gotta go get hubby to read your list. It’s a hoot!!!

  6. Oh, I loved reading your list!! only a few more weeks and you’ll have hot water coming only from the right tap, lol!
    happy thirteening 🙂

  7. This is so funny, Barbara. Mucho heat here too. I’m afraid the boys are going to over-heat outside. Guess that means lots of pool time.

    Count it all joy!


  8. Really enjoyed your list — Chicago really isn’t temperature hot in the summer, but our humidity is so high that it just melts you on the spot. This sure made me laugh!

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