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Phillip Coffey - Mid-summer Blaze

MID-SUMMER BLAZE - By Phillip Coffey

Long before the steep ridges discovery of WD-40, way back in the Western Adair County forested hills.
Lying in a hot, stuffy upstairs bedroom, cranking the tiny oscillating fan with the right forefinger between bars.
A 'hum' in the humid, sweltering heat until after striking the metal fan swiftly between the bars umpteen times.
Just being in the room with no insulation, lying in the handed -down bed in Summers worked up dripping sweat.

But early the next morning the birds would be singing joyfully outside the southern window with pride.
Take a fleeting peak out the window, such a beautiful scene - not matched by anything I have ever since seen.
My heroic father downstairs cooking up heavily peppered sausage and gravy and of course homemade biscuits -- hit the floor, quickly.
Long gone are the hot upstairs nights starting up such things, but memories still linger of the mid-summer blaze.

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