The high today is 105 (41) with a heat index of 107 and the low tonight is going to be 82(28). That means the lowest temperature tonight will be warmer than the high in the town where I grew up. I really enjoy heat – far more than I enjoy cold – but by enjoy I mean that in the way cats or lizards enjoy heat. What I really want to do is curl up outside (in the shade for temperatures over 90, in the sun for temperatures in the mid 80’s to 90’s) with a book and laze away the hazy days of summer. I want to consume nothing but beverages poured over crushed ice until about 9 pm when I would eat grilled red meat with fresh vegetables, after which I would take a lazy swim in a nearby pool (night time summer swimming is the best!) and then climb into bed.
That is, of course, not real life. My dishes and clothes still get dirty. The children still need meals and baths and regular bedtimes. Yesterday as I was watching the children splash around in a neighbor’s wading pool, I felt what I thought was a bug climbing down my back. Turns out it was actually sweat. Just at that moment someone made a remark about being so hot they were ready for winter.
Now I may not live near a night lit kidney shaped pool, or have the freedom to live the entire summer like a beach vacation, but the very thought of being ready for winter made my liver shiver.
I might be wandering through summer in a heat haze, but it’s a happy haze. Please, let me enjoy it for as long as possible. Winter will come soon enough.