The Norman Transcript


May 24, 2013

Harbingers of summer

NORMAN — In case you failed to notice, every season is preceded by certain indications of the season to follow.

In the southern parts of the country, particularly in Texas and Oklahoma, people are deluded into believing cool weather is just around the corner just because Labor Day has arrived. Seriously? You must have been dropped on your soft little noggin to believe such rubbish. However, given the high temperatures you have endured the past several months, it may simply be wishful thinking on your part.

As the days of the month move on to become part of history, the hellish heat slowly loosens its clutches and the people enjoy those splendid split seconds of “cooler” weather sent as teasers by Mother Nature. On the plus side, the somewhat cooler temperatures are accompanied by the glorious autumnal colors of the leaves as the last gasps of autumn delight the world with a color show before preparing for winter.

Winter is the season created for the manufacturers of warm clothing. It is unfortunate that no matter how many layers we pile on, it never seems to be enough to cut the inner chill.

Eventually, the signs of spring appear and the world is dressed in bright fresh colors which bring joy to our hearts and a smile to our lips. It took them long enough, but robins, crocus, daffodils and other signs of the season pop up around us, including violent weather.

In the olden days, the people recited and beseeched Heaven with various litanies, requesting that they be spared from the Norsemen, the Plague and other purveyors of unhappiness, pain and death. With that in mind, perhaps there ought be a new line in those litanies to include: “From the ravages of violent and destructive weather, Lord deliver us.”

But even as the more pleasant signs of the season make their appearance, those pesky harbingers of summer sneak in during May. It is unfortunate that they are not subtle in making their presence known.

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