...that's what I wanted for a late lunch. From McD's.
I stuck a book in my purse, so I could read
in the car while I ate.
It had rained earlier and I didn't notice. Oblivious blonde.
What I did notice all day was the smell of smoke from the
brush fires around the area. Yesterday, the air here was clear.
Today, the smoke is heavy... eye-burning, throat-scratching.
Memories of the fires in 1998 made me cringe.
I'd rather go through a hurricane than re-live that summer.
As I drove north, the smoke got thicker. I heard thunder.
More rain would be a blessing, unless it was accompanied
by lightning. Lightning could start more fires.
Heading for the drive-thru, the dark clouds hung low north
and west. I found a parking space at the edge of the lot.
The thunder sounded closer, louder. Lightning was more frequent.
The wind picked up, blowing big raindrops at hard angles.
The clouds were almost black now... and lower. Swirling.
I wondered if I was seeing only storm clouds or if this was
also heavy smoke from the fires. The fires aren't that far away.
Probably no more than five miles in either direction.
The wind got stronger. And then I thought tornado. Damn.
I started the car and headed towards home. Now I'm hearing
emergency vehicle sirens. It's raining harder, wind is stronger.
About a mile from home, the sky is clearer and the rain is slower.
How could there be such a difference in such a short distance?
Because it's Florida.
Still raining as I park in front of my house, a neighbor waves
from his garage. I have one more thought as I walk up my
I really should buy an umbrella. Again.