We all know the story of the frog who jumps into the pot of cold water. If not here is a short summary. A frog seeing a pot of cold water jumps in. He begins swimming around, ducking his head underwater, and laughing because he’s at peace in his nice little pot of water. Without him knowing a fire is suddenly lit under the pot which begins to slowly heat the water. The frog loves it! The warm water feels so good on his slippery skin. He continues to swim around and jump and play. The warm water is now getting to be very hot. The frog is losing his strength and there is less power in his legs and kicking is becoming difficult. Finally the water begins to boil as the frog’s head dips underwater for the last time.
It’s super hot this summer and I found myself in my favorite coffee shop thinking about the frog and the boiling water story. I couldn’t help but laugh when I came up with the following twist on the classic story.
Imagine that it’s us in the place of the frog. It’s 98 degrees outside and we think wow, this isn’t bad we can go swimming. Next it’s 105 degrees and we think geez we need to stay inside it’s too damn hot. A couple of days later we find ourselves walking around town and we see a little fire spring forth from the ground. We think to ourselves that’s crazy, a little fire is coming out of the ground. The following day we see more fires springing forth from the ground and with each passing day the fires become bigger and begin destroying homes and killing people.