Cement + Aggregate + Water = Concrete
What is the recipe for preschooler commotion? Loud construction equipment across the creek!
What in the hubbub is going on beyond the trees and fences? And what does hub mean anyway?
The student can read the word, but tells me a "hub" is a young boy lion. Enter Online Etymology Dictionary stage left:
"Boston State-House is the hub of the solar system." [O.W. Holmes, "Autocrat of the Breakfast Table"]
Hubby cat? Boy lion?
And across the creek from the preschool playground the workers are pouring concrete into forms. They use shovels and trowels, then strike off the wet concrete. The drum of the cement mixer keeps turning while the concrete pours down the chute. A worker wields a long-handled fresno to smooth the concrete surface.
My mother used the expression "hotter than the hubs of hell". As a religion-challenged kid I thought if you were really bad you went to a car tire when you died. Heaven was even more confusing, but there would be cakes with the hole in the middle. No rebar as far as the eye can see.
It sure is challenging to fly. We are having a winter weather event here at the hub for American Airlines, and hundreds of flights have been canceled. So grateful that my Thanksgiving flights were uneventful.
For sale to a good hub--Acrylic on paper mounted on mat board under non-glare glass with silvery wood frame dimensions 25"x31".
© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder