Be Mindful Of Serpents

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Part of what I love about living in the desert is the way the most mundane things generate excitement. People go out and look at the rain, they cherish a patch of clean, green grass as if it were a pot of gold. I recall looking through the Yellow Pages in my first few months here and finding advertisements for parks gloating about the number of “shade trees” they offered. It’s the cult of scarcity – when you go without, minutia becomes riches, even in the middle of this country. We have to alternate which days we can water the lawn on, and anyone without solar paneling is a fool wasting money, but what we get we cherish. We take the harsh spiciness that the peppers grown give us and we turn it into enchiladas. You stare the sun in the face, wipe the sweat from your brow, and keep running. Because it’s never going to be chilly enough to break out the sweatshirt for protection.

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