What can YOU say in six sentences?
The men came in from the rye fields today telling us the stalks are withering and the cattle faltering in their steps.
I have never known such a strange heat, for it seeps under the shade trees with a steaminess that will not ease, not even at the night fall. Old Sally put cool cloths on my neck and on the child, but the day blew in under the door and around the window seals, dampening the curls at my temples and pasting the back of my shirt to my skin.
A wild fire has taken one farm, already, though far from us, and we cannot but pray morning and night for Heaven's kind bounty to send us clouds.
A man driving a team stopped here today and swore to Hiram he could make a soaking rain for us if we could pay two dollars, but we have not the price (which is more dear than seed for winter wheat).
Come sundown, we will take the child down to the pump and soak her and ourselves with bucketsful of water and stand under the stars where God will see us, his plain, good people who ask so little, who need so much.