In January this green is desolate. The temperature is below zero and the wind is excruciatingly cold, cutting through the six layers I insulate myself with to combat the wind chill. There are days when my 85 pound dog has trouble keeping this footing.
But this is July and those days are but a memory. Tonight we’re in love with summer.
It’s outdoor concert season and hearts are light.
On this Sunday evening, Vortex, from the Heartland of America Band, is out with their sound system and instruments. The sun is low in the sky, the light golden. The parade grounds are dotted with chairs, coolers and families.
The band is playing.
The little ones are dancing.
And the livin’ is definitely easy here in at Offutt Air Force Base…in Omaha…in Nebraska…in America’s heartland…on a summer evening in July.