These Cool Mornings Remind Us

| March/April 1967

219 Hubbard, North Fort Myers, Florida 39303.

IF YOU STOP TO THINK, whether you reason it out or not, there is a little humor in almost everything. What might be a tragedy for you could be funny to someone else. Even the seasons are saturated with wholesome humor, such as grand-pa's salty remarks at the scratching of wool underwear.

One of the first things these cool mornings remind us of, is that we left the window open. Well, smile at it, because what's the use to worry over an open window when you live in Southwest Florida where the snow never reaches the windowsill. After all, these cool mornings herald the approach of many things we have been wishing for. Such as relief from the heat, lawn mowers and mosquitoes.

When cold winds start humming through the wires, many people wish they could visit some place where snow or frost never falls. Only one such place exists in the U.S.A. and that is Key West. But when I visited Key West in summer, I wished for weather cold enough to freeze the biters off sand flies. When frost falls, is an idle expression, because frost isn't supposed to fall. Frost just forms and is supposed to form on pumpkins, but the barefoot boy of yesterday used to find frost on the axe handle in the wood pile. With the coming of oil heat the old-timer who used to be a farm boy, has almost forgotten what the good cold weather does.

THREE SCORE YEARS ago, the big gray opossum of Uncle Ramos day, furnished many a story and Sunday dinner. Rut it took one or more heavy frosts to make the old-time Southerner's dream come true. The old-time gray possum's favorite food, from which he derived his finest flavor, came from persimmons. And persimmons never ripened until frost fell on them. To eat persimmons before the frost sweetened them would sprain your face and though puckered, make whistling impossible.

Another Southern delicacy is made much better by a heavy frost. That is the collard greens of North Florida and Georgia. Akin to cabbage, collards never head and frost can settle all through the big leaves to sweeten them to a Cracker's taste.


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