Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sleepy Time Down South


The heat index is rising. My attention span is shrinking. Summer in New Orleans makes me drowsy—almost instantly once I step outside. It may seem counterproductive to getting anything done, but this is actually the perfect weather for daydreaming.

I sat on my back steps this morning just enjoying the smell of green and the shade even though it was already 80 degrees. It took all my concentration not to slip into a trance right then and there. Some days I just want to play hooky, put up my hammock and daydream the whole day away. (Of course, I never do.) Summer is still my favorite season, despite the heat.

Maybe because it's so easy to experience private moments in time that drag out forever, as New Orleans summer days are wont to do. To live in that moment and let the whole world fall away until it's just me and an ephemeral soap-bubble of an idea. An idea so fragile it might pop and disappear completely, lost to me forever.

Or until the next daydream.

12 comments:

lbdiamond said...

Wow, that scene looks so comfortable!!!!

Laura Marcella said...

Mmmm, I could so go for a hammock right now, beneath sun-dappled trees with a novel or notebook and a glass of lemonade. I love summer! I love the heat; the humidity I'm not too crazy about, but I crave warmth and sunshine. :)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, I love your soap bubble metaphor. Thats some good writing there, girlie. Enjoy your hammock!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

"private moments in time that drag out forever." I can feel that line--wonderful.

Tere Kirkland said...

I love this hammock picture, and I'd need one just like this to keep me safe from the sun and the BUGS!

I crave warmth and sunshine, too. Glad y'all enjoyed my little ode to daydreaming. ;)

JEM said...

I feel the same way down here in Texas. It's probably the legacy of heat, but summer always gets my daydreaming going. I just want to sit outside on some gorgeous covered porch with a delicious drink in hand and write wonderful tales of whatever suits my fancy. Glad I'm not the only daydreamer.

Icy Roses said...

This sounds so beautiful. And I agree. I just want time to slow down in the summer and to be able to lay around for a whole day.

That picture makes me salivate. I want. Plus a stack of books.

Weronika Janczuk said...

I think I would be happy to have something like that for a weekend but I wouldn't be able to handle it for much longer. I love Minnesota summers, which are cool and breezy and action-inducing. :)

I hope you find your peace and quiet, Tere.

Krispy said...

I love my lazy summer days too! Wish I could put up a hammock right now. The soap bubble metaphor was perfect!

Jen said...

I can relate to the hot lazy summer days, all I really need is a hammock, an umbrella for shade and an umbrella in my cocktail!!!

Ready for some much needed pool time!

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This sounds amazing. I love the "smell of green." that creates such an instant visual for me. It sounds like a perfect summer. :)

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