Pat Shingleton: "An Aromatic Bouquet..."
Welcome to June and the start of another Hurricane Season with the official summertime start in 19 days. The society section of The Advocate and other newspapers showcase engagements and weddings and traditionally, June is a popular time to exchange vows. Long before air conditioning, antiperspirants and perfumes, hot temperatures and high humidity created some bothersome odors for the bride and the bridegroom and the wedding party as well. To mitigate and combat some of these "smells", brides would carry a bouquet of flowers. That was the reason then and this is the tradition that continues today. Another interesting weather yarn that started years ago includes what is "over our heads." Roofs on houses were thatched with thick straw and no rafters. These straw spots protected dogs, cats, mice and bugs from the elements as they would crawl or light into these places as a comfort zone. During persistent showers, thunderstorms or a heavy downpour, the animals and insects would fall from the roof. These episodes initiated the saying... "It's raining cats and dogs." If your wedding is this weekend, fewer showers are expected with more steam until the evening.