Summer officially began on Monday but in my way of thinking it arrived several weeks ago. I think we just forget how hot it gets from year to year.
In my mind I don't think I have ever been as warm as I have been so far this summer.
I was in the country looking out across the cotton fields and had a flashback of the days when I would have been out there chopping cotton.
My memory tells me I did chop cotton, but I don't know why I can't remember nearly dying from it because I am sure I must have. I was thankful I was only driving by and daydreaming about it.
I did see a few cotton choppers out. The chemicals of today cut back the weeds, but there is still a need for the old-fashioned chopping just like in the old days.
Air conditioning is like cell phones, we just don't know how we survived without them.
As I have said before, we can't miss what we have never had. I am amazed at how quickly we can get attached to things.
I know I just mentioned this a few weeks ago, but again I want to caution people who have to work outside in the extreme temperatures to be careful. Take plenty of breaks and drink lots of water. Heat-related illnesses can hit before you know it.
We should be even more aware of the consequences of the extreme heat as we heard the tragic story of twin two-year-olds who somehow got into a car and died last week. We wonder how something like that can happen, but it can and it does.
When we hear there is a heat warning, we need to take it seriously.
I have visited a few places with worse summers than we have, but not many. I have been "way down" in Texas, Orlando, Fla., South Carolina and Nevada during the month of August and it seemed even hotter than home. Our area does not have a monopoly on hot weather and high humidity.
Summer doesn't "officially" end until Sept. 23 when fall arrives, but let's just hope we get a little relief before then. Some years July and August are hotter than June, so we had better be prepared. Keep those air conditioners and fans up and running. Let's look out for one another and keep an eye on each other, especially our elderly neighbors.