- story and photo by Ellis Anderson
We who call the Gulf Coast our home live for this: The first night we can sleep with the windows open.
Of course it’s not the first night ever, or even the first time of the year we’ve been able to drift off to the pulsings of crickets. We call it the “first” because it’s been months since the windows have shifted in their casings.
Gradually, as the six-month summer has worn on, we’ve sealed ourselves in to our homes. To save on energy bills, we have plugged every crack and crevice where the precious air conditioning might escape.