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A Cowboy’s Faith: Hot days, cold hands

buchmanhead“It sure is hot out. There’s no air. It’s impossible to breath.”

Similar comments have been commonplace in recent times.

Vast majority remark about high temperatures whether outside or coming inside.

Our thin blood the exception. Unbelieving surprise always shows when we respond to the contrary.

Heat doesn’t seem to bother us regardless of the degrees or index.

Business hours are inside. But, outside, there’s no dramatic effect.

Riding and working evenings and weekends outside doesn’t create the feeling others express.

Oh, there’s perspiration. Often the long-sleeved shirt’s sopping; jeans sometimes damp throughout. Yet, no complainable discomfort.

Just the opposite: “summer climate controls inside buildings.” Air conditioners are chilling all of the time.

Most thermostats read 70 degrees, unless one of the thick-bloods drops it down. A secret adjustment battle has even arisen on occasion.

“Never tell” maintenance man Doug, but it’s been jacked 5 degrees above supposed-to-be, while shivering. Nobody else’s around, and hopefully nobody’s looking.

Tops of hands are purple, cool. Nose remains red, cold. Despite daily attempts to resist frigid feel, sweater must come out and on before morning’s through.

There are a handful of those extra winter outer covers in the drawer. Typically worn, like long johns, from late October through late April, two had to come out of storage right after stowed away first of May.

Coworkers shake heads in disbelief, often reiterating that “It’s so hot.”

Especially so, pulling the gray wrap from car’s backseat, stretching it on in outside steaming heat, going back down steps to basement office cubbyhole desk.

No gloves worn yet, although consideration on occasion.

While winter cold sure isn’t a favorite, no complaining that season either. Just put four layers on, pull the sweatshirt hood over a ball cap, and toasty.

Despite insulated boots, toes during snows sometimes get cold. Two gloves on each hand and occasional cover-up mittens help keep fingers from freezing.

Folks have warned “poor circulation” reason that hot days don’t heat us up.

No problem or need for worry. Just get a sweater, maybe gloves thin enough to type. Perhaps a nose muff, too.

Reminds us of Second Corinthians 11:27: “I have shivered with cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.” Thankfully, Genesis 31:40 “I work for you through the scorching heat of the day, and through the cold, too.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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