Full Moon Follies
month you get those hot days and then those really cool nights that make summer so great.
hit your car once or three times, deer aren’t so precious and cute anymore. Oh, what can I say about July? After you do the Fourth and the fireworks, it’s just one long stretch of heat, humidity and waiting for rain. So, I’m thinking the Humidity Moon for July. The only redeeming grace is the pool. Yes, swimming is a great compensation for an atmosphere like raspberry Jell-O. Then August rolls around. The Indians called it the Sturgeon Moon. Several years ago, sturgeon were reintroduced to the Nanticoke River, but whether that was successful or not, I haven’t heard. For the rest of us, it’s just more heat and humidity, with the happier aspect of real tomatoes and corn, cantaloupe and watermelon. So let’s call August Produce Stand Moon, because that’s where most of us get our fresh fruit and veggies after our disastrous attempt at really putting in a garden this year. The nice thing about August is that toward the end of the
September! The Corn Moon, says the Almanac. This is when the field corn is as high as a raccoon can reach, and anxious observers watch to make sure it isn’t spiraling from drought. Fields of corn smell so good. A sweet sticky smell that reminds me of my childhood on the farm. A more modern name for September would be Back to School Moon, when kids are unhappy and parents overjoyed. Then comes October. Harvest Moon! So romantic, unless you’ve been on a harvester for the past 18
Tidewater Times july 2015