June 20, 2010



95 degrees.


They swayed and bobbled like excited puppies, the flowers.

It was the wind, but I couldn't help but whisper calm down.

My fingers were sticky from beheading the frail and deflated petals. Melting trumpets mashed together in the palm of my hand. The hosta flower kept gently tapping my shoulder. What is it? I wanted to ask.


Black-Eyed Susans. Passed down from my grandmother to my mother. Passed down from my mother to me.

Lavender. Standing guard between the roses.


"It smells like you-know-what back here." I say.

An open bag of plant feed just feet away. 95 degrees. Shooooweeee.

"I'm going to eat this one." I say.

I pluck the first ripe cherry tomato.

"Rinse it." Roberto says with the hose kinked in his hand.

I lean forward. The cherry tomato in my palm. The cool water gushing from the hose over the tomato and through my fingers. It feels like summer. 95 degrees.

I pop the tomato into my mouth and with one solid bite, the first of our tomatoes bursts open in my mouth. I can taste the heat from the day trapped inside its thick, fleshy wall. The taste is sweet and sour.

"Are you going to water the side yard too?" I ask.

"Do you want me to?" He replies.

"Yeah." I say smiling.

"Okay." He says.


Back inside, I wash my hands and catch a glimpse in the mirror. My nose is pickled with sweat.


  1. I'm so jealous of your beautiful tomatoes!!!

    great writing :)

  2. Ymmm, you have tomatoes. I am extremely jealous. I tried growing them last year and failed miserably.

  3. You beat me on the tomato front, ours are just forming and still very green. Not long now though...

  4. Tomatoes! Yay--happy first day of summer. Lovely post, as usual.

  5. M. - We are hoping for more tomatoes than we can possibly handle. That is the hope :)

    Wendi - I don't know what we'd do without tomatoes in the garden. Try again, Wendi! Last year was bad for tomatoes.

    Kath - Our first round of plants had to be pulled. They were duds. This is our second round. We have been feeding them furiously hoping to catch up. Keeping our fingers crossed. You'll have tomatoes soon!

    Michele - Happy Summer :)

  6. congratulations on your first tomato---and thanks for the garden peek.
    much is afoot!

    it's supposed to be 99 in nashville today. summer is here for real.


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