Mouth off the Month: June

Mouth Off the Month is a monthly article in which our Opinion Editor reviews the previous month and decides whether it was good, bad, or somewhere in between. What will she decide this month? Keep reading to find out!

Nancy Gibbs said that “we can start an infernally hard jigsaw puzzle in June with the knowledge that, if there are enough rainy days, we may just finish it by Labor Day — but if not, there’s no harm, no penalty. We may have better things to do.” I’m here to tell you that there was time this June for a hundred infernally hard jigsaw puzzles.

I respect the rain. I think it’s great for helping out wildfire evacuees and plants, but a person can only take so much. Almost every day this June was occupied by unpredictable bouts of sunny, temperate weather alternating with torrential downpour and lightning. It seemed like on the days I prepared for rain there wasn’t a drop in the sky. On the days I didn’t… let’s just say I hydroplaned more than once a week this June.

Normally, I’m a big fan of June. It’s a beautiful, sunny month interspersed with brief, necessary showers to quench the thirst of the dry ground. However, this June can kick rocks.

Not only has the weather been bad, but it feels like every planet was aligned just wrong enough to make sure nothing went quite right. To top it all off, June apparently felt it hadn’t gotten enough licks in. Near the very end of the month, myself and friends of mine all reported familial tragedies. 

Thank you, June, for teaching us to endure hard times. Thank you for watering the earth and putting out fires, and for reminding me to rotate my tires. I’m so glad you’re finally over.

Payton Ferguson

Payton Ferguson is a English major by day, 2019-20 Opinion Editor for The Gateway by night (and also day). She enjoys long walks to the fridge, writing until her wrists ache, and bombarding social media with pictures of her chihuahuas.

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