I am a southern girl deep in my heart. I enjoy glasses of sweet tea and displaying southern hospitality to visitors. I have truly grown to love being down in the delta. By the time I was twenty, I was pleased to declare to all who would listen that I could do some good ole’ deep, down south cookin’. The one thing I must admit, however, is that the delta heat is something serious. With all of the love I have for the south, I hate the heat. During the hot summer months, the heat is stifling, smothering, sticky and just downright uncomfortable. I often prefer the cooler months. The lower the temperature drops, the more layers I can add. In this stifling summer heat, though, there aren’t enough layers to shed that will make the heat comfortable. One simply has to endure it. Sometimes, in one magical moment of life, our lives, our destiny, our purpose collides with that special person created just for us. Everything is as breezy as the perfect seventy-degree spring afternoon. The sweet conversations that develop are as fresh and colorful as the leaves that cover the ground in autumn. To look into the face of love is as enchanting as a wonderland in winter. To be simply put, loving someone and having them love you back is the most beautiful feeling to behold. Sometimes, however, no matter how amazing this place may be for you, there is a season you enter that you just don’t like, much like the dreaded delta summer.
Relationships, even the best ones, get stuffy, hot, sticky and uncomfortable. Discussions become debates and debates become heated arguments, slinging words and thoughts that were better off left in your mind. These things are the inevitable. Blood sucking situations arise in the relationships, leaving bumps and bruises, just as the worrisome mosquitos during a delta summer night.
When you are loving the right one, and the right one is loving you, is it better to leave when it is sticky and uncomfortable? Or will you endure? Choose to endure the heat. The heat can be healthy and if you’re lucky, it can catapult into a burning flame that will never dim. Seasons change without fail. No earthly being has the authority to command summer to be winter or winter to be spring. Therefore, during each physical and emotional season of the year, you endure and wait for the change and find a way to survive the heated, stuffy, and sometimes uncomfortable season.