Batten down the hatches! I admit, that is not a term land-locked desert folk are generally known to say – unless you live where I live. I’m not really joking when I say that we have two seasons: windy, and hot and windy. We regularly have high wind warnings and hurricane strength winds that bring massive sandstorms. Ok, we’re not talking about sandstorm in Egypt where numbers of people die and/or get trapped in it for sometimes weeks at a time. We are, however, in the desert. And it is windy.
Hurricane force winds are no joke, and are often a regular occurrence much of the year. During the winter, we have wind warnings like other places have snow warnings. During the summer, we have wind warnings like others have storm warnings. Did I mention it’s windy here?
Through the years we’ve lived here, I’ve come to learn a few things about the wind. First, there is no point in wearing a hat or fixing your hair. Second, it’s not unusual to see people in stores sweeping out the sand from the front door. Third, and perhaps, most important, things get blown around.
If it’s not nailed down, it’s gonna be gone. The sand that is blowing around gets in your teeth and stays there, no matter how much you brush them. Often, there are creatures in the sand that are blowing. The one kind of living creatures I’m thinking about today, having hit one earlier, are tumbleweeds.
Their children, like ours, don’t always listen to direction. They like to hop, skip, and jump, which can result in negative consequences for everyone involved.
With many of their groups, there is a “black sheep” that does its own thing. It dodges out into traffic, or plays chicken with oncoming traffic. This, too, more often than not, has tragic consequences.
Fortunately for tumbleweed, they multiply rapidly. Not at the same rate as rabbits, of course, but they are pretty fruitful, all things considered.
Sometimes, those parties chasing involve people. Sometimes, they even catch them!
I believe I have stated my case and given sufficient evidence.
So, the next time the wind is blowing hard, remember you aren’t the only one getting blown around. Chances are, there is a tumbleweed family in that wind with the other stuff, going wherever the wind takes them!