It was a cool Tuesday dawn, after what had been a pleasant Memorial Day; a perfect morning to loll in bed for a few extra minutes, knowing the official start of the summer season had been kicked off.
With temperatures on the rise, my thoughts turned to the Jersey Shore. Bandit, our one-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, had yet to experience the beach, and I smiled at the thought of him dealing with sand and sea, for the first time. The 17-year cicadas emerged from the soil and had ascended to their treetop locations from which they’d launch their mating songs. I’d soon be done with the ritual sweeping of abandoned carcasses (Bandit’s new favorite snack).
I sipped my coffee, pondering these earth-shattering thoughts, when I was wrenched from my reverie by the doorbell. Who rings a doorbell at 7:04 AM? As Hubby raced to pull on his trousers to answer the door, a tinge of impending doom shattered my languorous mood.
With curious neighbors as witness, I crunched (cicada shells) across the front lawn, to join the men conversing with hubby at the curb. It would appear that my precious Infinti G37x had been involved in an altercation with a garbage truck. The truck won! Suddenly, my “…lazy, hazy, crazy..”, “…summertime…” plans were swished away; supplanted by visions of treks to the body shop and calls with the insurance company.
The burly perpetrator insisted he’d been driving big rigs for years and didn’t know how this could happen. He leaned under the ripped bumper, surveying the not- inconsequential damage, his head dangerously close to the ragged metal edge.
“Be careful,” I cautioned.
“I’d deserve it!”
“Yes, you’re the evil person who wrecked my car!”
He shrugged and returned my smile, grateful that I wasn’t going ballistic.
I went back inside, leaving the details to Hubby. My grandsons grinned at me from the picture wall, and I counted my blessings.
It would be a sweet summer!
This week’s Trifecta Challenge:
1a : to be or come in sight b : to show up
2: to come formally before an authoritative body
3: to have an outward aspect : seem
You’re probably going to have to tinker with your sentence construction a bit in order to make appear work, since, as you know, our rules don’t allow you to use appears or appeared. That’s why it’s called a challenge! Good luck!