from Wendy Lyn Watson's Mysteries a la Mode
According to the perky little girl who reads the weather on the Dallas news, today is our 33rd straight day of 100+ temperatures. Even by Texas standards, the heat is downright bone melting.
Just about everyone in Dalliance is grumping and groaning about the weather. Erma's moaning that business at the Fry by Night Diner has slacked because it's too hot for chicken fried steak. My ex, Wayne Jones, is going gray trying to keep all the grass in town on life support despite a marathon draught. Even Karla Faye's wilting in her high heels and spandex ... none of the ladies are bothering to get their hair done because they can't bring themselves to sit under the dryer hood.
Which is why I feel a little guilty ... because this heat wave has done wonders for business at the Remember the a la Mode.
Seriously. We're packed every night.
I mentioned my mixed feelings about the heat to my Grandma Peachy. It's not right, I argued, to revel in the misery of others. Peachy cussed a little. She said "You're not reveling in their misery, Tallulah. You just happen to be reveling at the same time as their misery. Big difference."
I guess she has a point, but I'm still conflicted.
Is it hot where you are right now? How are you dealing with it? Is ice cream on your agenda?
Congratulations to Janet Cearley who won the National Ice Cream Month giveaway. Janet, contact me and I'll send you all three Mysteries a la Mode and your very own Zeroll ice cream scoop!
What about you? Have you ever had to make amends? How did you do it? Or have you been hurt by someone? Were you able to forgive them?