The following was written from the Sunday Scribblings prompt “spicy.”
What do you do on the hottest day of the year?
You could go to your local health food store and stock up on hot cayenne pepper because you gave your supply to your son for his construction site first aid kit. You know that cayenne can stop bleeding better than anything else, that its sting is never abrasive. You like to put a few drops of its tincture into an eye cup full of water to treat dry eyes, and you know that it can prevent heart attack as well or better than an aspirin, so you don’t want to be without it.
You’re committed to getting some cayenne, even knowing that you have to drive the seven miles to town in the truck camper because your husband took your car to work. But it’s okay, you figure, because you can use the camper fridge to store the vanilla ice cream also on your list. You wear your bathing suit under your clothes because it’s hot and the country club pool is open.
The air conditioning in the store is running full blast, so you take the time to linger at the bulk herb counter. Whole, root, seed, powder, you notice a couple of herbs you’ve never heard of before, like schinsandra and cubeb. You think of the little girl you know whose middle name is Lavender and imagine what other poetic sounding herbs would make nice names for children, as you bag up your cayenne and resist the urge to sneeze.
“Marco Polo! Marco Polo!” the kids splashing around in the pool call out, causing you to think of the explorer who traveled the world in search of discoveries and exotic spices.
By now the day has heated-up to sizzling. Stretched out on a lounge chair, you sip a cold drink and prepare to immerse yourself in the cool blue pool water. The first dunk of the year on the hottest day so far gives an otherwise routine day a refreshing tropical twist.