Late August ... An acquaintance cursed the rain, "We've had enough rain already. It needs to stop. This is a disaster."
She had accepted CNN's & MSN's proclaimations of disaster & flooding in lieu of her own empirical evidence. Richmond's 3rd storm in a week was beginning to pass through, making just 10 or 12 rains this summer.
Broadcast images of raging rivers, wash outs, & loss across America held more weight than what she could see out her window & feel on her skin. Richmond shimmered through June, July & August: brown grass, brown leaves on the ground, withered flowers, dying trees, dust.