“Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant.’”

The weather is hot again. I am hiding behind closed doors with the AC blasting. The high will be 83°, and the added humidity will make it a miserable day. Yesterday we had spitting rain as my mother called it. I even had to use my wipers for a while, for a short while. The concert went on last night and the audience, under umbrellas, even sang along. The traffic, though, was horrific, worse than usual. It took me double time to get there. I cursed the two cars which cut me off, the car in front of me going 25 in a 40 zone, the two drivers who thought a left only arrow meant going straight and the car in the parking lot which tried to pass me on the right as I was parking. Staying inside seems the safest option.

If there was a medal for finishing household chores, I’d deserve one with a cluster. Those three loads of laundry including Christmas shirts, the ages of which were determined by carbon-14 dating, are put away. Yesterday, I filled my trunk with bags of trash and went to the dump. Some of the bags were so heavy I had to drag them to the car. I changed my bed and swept the kitchen floor, but despite this cleaning frenzy, I was able to ignore the paw prints on that floor. I saved them for another day, lucky me. I did a small bit of shopping after the concert. After I got home, I did nothing. I deserved it.

I still need two plants to replace the ones Nala stole from their pots, but I need to figure out how to protect them from her nefarious ways. She has also dug huge holes in the yard. I don’t go into the yard at night when I’m likely to step in one of those holes and break an ankle.

When I was a kid, I never minded days like today. Summer was hot, and there was nothing I could do about it except ignore it. My brother and I, despite the heat, used to walk to the zoo and stay all day. We brought our lunches. During one of our visits, we met one of the men who took care of the animals. He let us help. We used to go behind the cages and feed the small animals. I remember carrying bowls of cabbage, carrots and potatoes. We took turns. One of us would open the cage while the other fed the animals. That zoo back then had some wonderful animals like an elephant, sea lions and a giraffe. We got to feed the elephant, even to going into its exhibit. That was amazing. I have never forgotten the joy of getting up close to an elephant, to that most magnificent animal.

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6 Comments on ““Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant.’””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember that elephant. She had a name which may or may not have been Betsy. That I don’t remember. I swear she gave me an elephant sized cold once. She kissed my nose with her runny trunk and then sneezed in my face and I came down with a sloppy cold not long after. She was a lovely elephant, though.
    The oversight at the zoo was kind of lax back then which had its advantages as the separation between animals and people was not that great. I was able to pet an adult male Bengal tiger when I was about 11. None of the adult humans standing around said anything as I stuck my arm through the bars. Neither did the tiger. It was a very hot day and he didn’t want to lose his relax but he did slam the lower third of his tail down on the concrete after my third stroke of his flank. I took the hint and withdrew.
    The laundry is out of the dryer and upstairs. That’s my big accomplishment for the day. The AC is not on yet as there is a good breeze blowing in the windows. Might go on soon, though.
    Have a great day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I think the elephant was Babe. I never thought about an elephant having a cold, but why not? She was gentle. After the zoo was closed, all the animals were moved. There was a hue and cry so it was reopened with different financing, but the big animals were never returned. What is fun is breakfast with the animals on Zoom. My sister and I were the only adults at the sloth’s breakfast, but ice didn’t care. It was so much fun.

      I think you might have been lucky with that tiger.

      Have sheets to wash, and I’ll do it tomorrow. I’d like to have a few days without laundry.

      No breeze here so the AC is cranking.

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Of course it’s much too hot to go to the zoo. It’s another clear sky with the thermometer hitting the century mark, a bit of a cool spell. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I could never Iive in Texas for a variety of reasons, one of which is that heat. I think the 80’s is far too hot! I don’t remember when the area last reached three digits,


  3. Interesting post! I love elephants!

    • katry Says:

      Svengoolie, Thanks!! Ever since I fed that elephant, Babe, at the zoo, I also love elephants.


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