Before I begin, I want to apologize to anyone who commented. It seems Blogger is erasing comments as I try approve. This is happening on all my blogs, and I just don't want anyone to feel I am 'dissing' them in anyway. Please accept my apologies.
What can I say about today! It's hot; we're going up over a hundred degrees...and will be hot and humid all week. It's not easy dealing with this. Thankfully, the subways are downright cold, but the subway stations leave a lot to be desired...unbearable heat, dreadful stench.
Yesterday, it was so hot, my son and I were filling bowls of water for the outdoor animals, those that can find no relief. We have a mother cat and her four kittens, squirrels, birds...Then, in the heat of the afternoon, my son stepped outdoors and came back in...shaken. At the foot of the stairs lay a poor squirrel. We think the poor creature came for some water and was jumped by a cat and killed. Together, we buried the poor little thing and said a prayer. Later, I mentioned that because of the heat, our backyard was becoming much like the wild.
It's times like this that I begin to wonder about how did our ancestors manage through all this heat and humidity without having the luxury of electricity or air conditioning. How did they survive...or perhaps, we have become so spoiled with all of our technological appliances that we feel the heat more than they did? I wonder.
I'd like to leave you now with this little prayer I found.
Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth--
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.
--Native American Elder--