By NJ.Walters On Jul 28 2012, 9:00 am
By N. J. Walters
The summer heat is upon us and has been for quite some time now. I freely admit that I love the long, hot days because I know winter will be here all too quickly, and summer will be nothing more than a vague memory.
As adults, we tend to complain more about the heat. I try to remember what it was like when we were kids and didn’t slow down just because the thermometer rose a few notches. We played tag and ran around, we skipped rope and played hopscotch. From the moment we woke until our mothers called us in at night we ran wild around the neighborhood. What did we do to beat the heat?
Ice cream is a sure winner, although back in the day it was more popsicles, mostly homemade ones that we ate. That and plenty of Kool Aid. We weren’t as concerned about sugar consumption as we are now. Of course, we didn’t get sweets as often as kids do now.
Then there was the inevitable plea for mom to put the sprinkler out on the lawn so we could run through it. Water consumption wasn’t an issue and conservation unheard of. Lawns weren’t perfect blades of grass, but a combination of grass and clover, complete with buzzing bees that we trapped in glass jars and studied before releasing. We laughed and ran until we were exhausted. Sunscreen was not part of our vocabulary and I remember people slathering suntan lotion and baby oil on their skin to encourage a deeper tan…
How times have changed.
Now we load up on a high SPF sunscreen, put on a hat and sunglasses and stay in the shade as much as possible. Any activity in the sun is usually done early morning or later afternoon. And we sip water or low-cal beverages sweetened with artificial chemicals.
Sometimes I long for those days back in the sixties and seventies, when childhood summer days were long and carefree. I feel sorry for the kids today as they don’t seem to have half the freedom we did.
This summer, I plan to sip some Kool Aid for old time’s sake, but the sunscreen is definitely going on. I’ll get out and enjoy as much of the sunshine as I can and will definitely have an ice cream or two, maybe even a cherry popsicle if I’m feeling particularly nostalgic.
And, I’ll certainly be indulging in one of my favorite pastimes—reading. There are so many wonderful books just waiting to be discovered. If you can’t beat the heat you might as well indulge in it.
Be sure to check out my Jamesville series at http://store.samhainpublishing.com/jamesville-series-3.html . A lot of the books take place during the cooler months of the year, but you’ll still feel the heat!
N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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