Rain was in the forecast two days ago, so my theme became, “Mow ’til it’s low!”
The forecast was right, and rain has begun. It’s quite an unusual event for Oklahoma in July. In addition to even more rain today and tonight, the forecast nigh today is just 74ºF. The last time I saw something like this in July was when a tropical storm remnant canceled the July 4 celebration in 2010.
As I mowed, I came across an object that never fails to summon memories of our childhood, the cicada shell. Like a lot of kids, my sister Nicole, cousin Lori and I collected the shells. We found them clinging to tree trunks, often to the huge old willow in the center of Grandma and Grandpa Barron’s back yard in Independence, Missouri.
The back yard at the Barron’s was one of our favorite places. In addition to the willow, there was a large birch tree, and Grandma’s huge garden, which included a well-established strawberry patch, a rhubarb plantation, and a row of blackberry bushes. There was a fairly large apple tree at the back. We played and played in that back yard.