It’s hot outside. The beautiful cool weather we had in July is now haunting us. It’s just in time for the start of school too. In less than two weeks children will be returning to the hallways to begin another year of learning. Although at my house the end of the school year didn’t really seem to stop. Band practice took place all summer long, so the year seemed to blend together.
Heat does funny things to people. It makes us tire more easily. It makes us anxious and it makes us cranky.
Can you imagine life before air conditioning? I remember they never called school off early when it was hot, when went all day and just had to “suck it up.”
If you are near my age or older I’m sure that you can recount stories of not having air conditioning. At our house there was limited use of it and we even had central air. My parents didn’t like to use it all that much. It sucked because there is nothing worse that trying to get to sleep when you are hot and sweaty. I had many childhood nights like that and it’s the one thing I will not tolerate now.
The worst time being without air though was when I was pregnant with Cole. I had moved back to Illinois from Germany and my husband (ex) was still overseas so I was staying with my parents. They live in an old farm house and at the time they didn’t have air-conditioning. It seemed like I could never get cool and when it got so unbearable, which it did toward the end of my term (he’s an October baby), I would go for a drive or go shopping. I did it just so I could enjoy the cool air on my face. There are days now when the air is just so muggy that it reminds me of those days more than 16 years ago.
All I know is that I don’t mind being out in the heat, but I would ten times rather be inside. My motto is “if you can’t stand the heat, find air conditioning.”
So what stories are you willing to share about your youth and keeping cool?