How many times have I heard, “be careful what you wish for.” Now I know why I have to be so cautious.
I was so tired of winter, cold weather, wearing a coat and nothing blooming, I wished for higher temperatures and greener grass.
I got my wish. It seems the weather went from cold to 93 degrees overnight.
As a rule we have a couple/three weeks in-between cold and hot when we do not have to run the heat or the air. Not so this year. We have gone from the heater to air conditioner all in one day.
Also, our grass is growing faster than my husband can keep it mowed. I am having to water my flowers every day and some days they still look dry.
I can remember promising I would not complain when summer arrived but here I am already too hot.
The first official day of summer is June 21. If May is any indication of June and July, we have some very warm days ahead.
Honestly, as I age I do not do well in the heat.
I can remember growing up in the days before air conditioning. I am sure the temperatures were not so different but I do not remember thinking I might die if I couldn't get to an air conditioned room. Our homes did not have air conditioning, our cars were not air conditioned and our school was not air conditioned.
One, or maybe both, of our local drug stores were air conditioned and had soda fountains. I always enjoyed visiting there.
It is hard to believe, but we survived the good old days. I chopped cotton, I played softball in the heat and I played basketball in a gymnasium with only a fan to blow around more hot air.
It is true, we can't miss what we have never had. I guess we didn't know just how wonderful cool air could be and how miserable we are when the air conditioner goes out.
I was almost 20 years old when we purchased our first window unit air conditioner. It was in July of 1970, our son's first summer. We did not want him to get too hot. I can remember so well the salesman telling us it will cost about $1 a day to run. It was well worth the extra $30 a month during those hot summer months. I would probably give up a few meals if I had to decide between being cool or eating.
My father-in-law (who did not like air conditioning or $30 a month electric bills) would visit in our home and say things like, “we could kill hogs in here,” or “I think it is going to snow.” He usually would bring a jacket when he came to visit us. As he got older, he would run a one room air conditioner occasionally when it was near 100 degrees. I can guarantee his house never got to the “hog killing" temperature, which I assumed at the time was a very low termperature.
He has been gone a long time and I remember many things about him. His birthday was Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day. He could build the hottest fires I have ever experienced in a wood burning stove. He must have been a very cold-natured person because he would wear a jacket most of the year. He would drive to every grocery store in the area (in a non-airconditioned car) to buy the sale items. He was always nice to me as well as his other daughters-in-law. He was also a good grandpa to his grandchildren. He certainly did not like the temperature to get below 85 degrees inside or out.
Also, I want to remind everyone of Memorial Day holiday coming up on Monday. It is the end of school and gives people their first three day holiday of the year to enjoy. It is a good time for a weekend get-a-way, family reunions, backyard barbecue or just enjoying a day off.
I do want to remind everyone not to forget why we celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day to remember our men and women who have lost their lives serving in the military. Let's take a few minutes from our day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country which includes you and me.