Wednesday, May 09, 2007

As M would say: BOOM!

There's a really cool thunderstorm going on outside my window right now. The thunder is so close that you don't have much warning and end up jumping now and then. I just finished The Secret Life of Bees on the recommendation of my sister T who loves it. It's set in South Carolina for the most part, and whenever I read stories set in the South (like the Flannery O'Connor stories that I just read) I get to imagine all the humidity, heat, lemonade, farms, porches, drawls, big yellow fields, etc. And then summertime kicks in wherever I am and it just makes my imaginings even more tangible, because of the thunderstorms.

In CA growing up there weren't as many as in UT, MI or AZ, so it's not like I can remain as cool as a cucumber when they come around. I get all excited like a big nerd and watch and listen and revel in the awesomeness of them. And I picture the storms as a Southern thing, which I don't even know for sure is the case. Now my Southern reading kick is complete with real life cooperation from the weather.

7 comments:

Robin said...

I loved the Secret Life of Bees.

And I love thunderstorms. mmmmmm....

Claire said...

I read that book last summer, it's pretty entertaining. I also heart thunderstorms, let's start a club.

Janie said...

I read the book a while ago and liked it. I love thunderstorms too. Can I be in the club?

Melissa said...

I, too, love thunderstorms. When I was in Mexico, they were AMAZING. The sky would light up for hours at night, and I generally expected the corrugated tin roof to have flown off in the night. A little scary, a lot cool. Point: I recommend spending time in rural, central Mexico in the summer months.

But I can't be in the club because I didn't love The Secret Life of Bees. Sorry, everyone.

kendahl said...

ah The Secret Life of Bees, with a not so secret club right here in my own blog. I have to admit that although I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I would not venture to say that I loved it so much as I liked it. I do love thunderstorms though, and wish we were having more right now. But alas, it is not doing anything fun outside at all. Just boring clouds and no wind.

marizasmom said...

I can think of a few books that you would have to read before your Southern reading kick could really be complete... How about A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds or A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons? Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton? And you'd pretty much have to read Gone With The Wind again if you're REALLY going to do the South. Happy reading and storming!

kendahl said...

I've started Gone With the Wind, but never finished. I need to pick it up again. And these other suggestions? Thank you! I love reading books the have a tie to somebody, instead of picking them up blindly at the book store. I think I might just stick with this Southern thing after all :)