It is almost 90 degrees today – and it will be over 90 for the next 5 days… And it is June the hot weather comes later in the summer I am told. I do not like hot weather but what really wipes me out is the humidity.
Some years ago I heard a short speech at a graduation. It was an outdoor graduation in the beginning of June at a private school. The day turned out to be blistering and with sweltering humidity. Graduates, parents, and guests were seated on a blacktop parking lot in front of us was the dais in the grass between the parking lot and the building in what little shade there was.
Like so many graduations the board chair, and faculty and various student speakers one after the other gave all sorts of predictable maxims and cookie cutter advice, then came the local politicos who had wangled their few minutes of free airtime. Last of all was the graduation speaker. He was a journalist of some note. Who had been watching the audience fade in the bright rays of the sun – as the time went boringly by.
Finally it was his turn. He got up walked slowly tot eh podium, looked slowly at the graduates and after the usually calling out of graduates celebs, and school administrators intoned “My address can be found in the telephone book for Washington DC. If you want a copy of the remarks I would have made today please look it up, write me, and I will be glad to mail a copy to you. Good Luck! And let’s get going…”
Needless to say he got standing applause for a hot and wilted audience. One of the reporters asked him after the ceremony why he did not give the address. The article contained an answer that was probably both truth and a typographical error. The reason the article stated “It was not the heat, it was the humility.”
I do not believe it to have been a typo, and highly commendable.