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June 27, 2012

It's Hot. Why are we surprised?


As a friend of mine recently wrote:

It's Texas.

It's late June.

It's hot.

Deal with it.


She's right. This summer heat wave has arrived, yes. But, it has arrived, just as it ALWAYS does. Co-workers, fellow-moms, even weathermen, like to talk about the heat, analyze the heat, make a news-event out of the heat.

But, really, the bigger story would be if it WASN'T so hot. Correct?

Imagine the news headlines if we made it to July 4th and it was 75 degrees. What if, like in San Diego, we needed a light jacket to enjoy the Fireworks that evening? Or, like in Denver, we wondered about wearing layers for our early morning runs? What if the temperature announcements at the beginning of the Rangers Game hovered in the 60's? Don't you think that would be the lead story on the nightly news?

In other words, my kids have it in the right perspective when they say:

"Yes, mom, it's hot, but it wouldn't be any fun to be on Summer Vacation and not be able to go swimming!"


Kids don't care if they're hot. They just keep sweating and having fun. 100 degrees and outdoor soccer camp? No worries. 100 degrees and the need to take the baby dolls for a walk around the driveway? What's the problem?

So, my new motto is:

"Drink a lot of water and let's go."

When I lived in Minnesota, during the coldest months of the year, when I thought I might shiver myself to pieces, the advice was always to "Just relax and don't think about it." Maybe the same advice applies, here. 

When you think you might spontaneously combust or merely melt into a sweat puddle, "Just relax and don't think about it."

After all, cooler air will get here.......... in November.




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