July Freeze

July Freeze

Mid-summer sun and heat and fun
Have folks smiling and on the run,
Wearing shorts and flip flops and genuine smiles,
Enjoying the Ozarks in a variety of styles.

Current River may be calling your name,
Or you may watch the Cards in their baseball game,
Maybe you’re mowing as you hear the grass growing,
But one thing for sure, it isn’t snowing.

You’re not thinking of holly and stockings,
To Christmas sales you are NOT flocking!
You float and boat and barbecue,
No boots and mittens and snow cream for you.

Did Walmart and Amazon miss the memo
That season is summer, there is no snow?
Their plans for sales tagged Christmas in July
Leave you soothing your sunburn and wondering why.

You’ve caught on to their sneaky tricks
So you’re not making early gift picks.
Till Christmas the days number 153,
There’s plenty of time for a shopping spree.

Holiday sales already crowd Halloween,
Blacks and oranges mix with reds and greens,
Thinking of the cold now is really a bummer.
Let’s not hurry the end of summer.

This first appeared in my hometown weekly, the Prospect-News, in July, 2015.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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