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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty"--Lovin' Spoonful

Looks like the never ending rain has finally ceased and we're getting sunny days again around these parts. I had expected that, at this point in my summer, I'd be hardcore into my exercising but instead I find myself really zapped by the heat and I'm doing less than planned. At least that's the situation when it comes to making progress in my running. That's the one thing I really need to do outdoors. I need to make myself get up earlier in the mornings but it's so difficult to make myself do consistently!

Yesterday, while I was walking to the grocery store after dinner, I let my mind wander as I stared at the setting sun and felt the perspiration burst out from my previously air conditioned skin. I tried to think of a time when summer heat wasn't so oppressive. When wasn't it a negative thing?

Easily, the answer for me was when I was in grade school. The sun setting after 8pm was a fantastic thing. Heat like this meant liberation! Moms everywhere kicked their kids outside for the summer days. No school and barely monitored activity as I roamed the neighborhood on my bike or played kickball in the street are some of my better memories. Does anyone else share the memory of running though sprinklers or playing with the garden hose? I can close my eyes and almost smell wet, freshly cut grass. I can almost feel it sticking to my wet feet as I run through the yard. Happy. Cool. Laughing. I want to capture that and bottle it. Summer heat should, by default, trigger *that* feeling.

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    We wadded the creeks, caught Crawdads, chased fireflys at night, raided the apple trees, swam in our pond, ate vegetables fresh from the vine in the garden, rode our bikes everywhere and never really thought about the heat. Since we never had air conditioning until I left home it did not feel so hot. Kids back then were more enterprising to finds ways to stay cool like the creeks and ponds.

    One of the benefits of high heat is the lack of appetite. I don't get as hungry when I am hot and enjoy light food. Enjoy the summer heat while you can as it will not be long before we start complaining about the cold weather!

    Missed you while I was gone on my trip, hope you are doing well! Enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2098 days ago
    Oh, how true. Today children have pressure at school to learn more, yet most of them cannot spell, do not read and have no clue how to get from step A to B. They aren't safe walking to a neighbor's house.

    I wish my daughter could enjoy running under the sprinkler, playing in the rain and making wonderful toys out of card board boxes. Or, skating around the block, riding your bike, laying on the grass looking up at the clouds and seeing all kinds of things, wading in the creek and catching winnows and swing on a vine across the creek. Oh, what fun I had as a child. Today our children can't be children too often. Parents sign them up for lots of organizations and teams.
    2102 days ago
    Well said! I loved those summer nights of childhood!
    2102 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Kick the can and catching fireflies! All the kids played until after dark while our parents stood around in the front yards and chatted with each other! My kids are grown, but where are the children today, we have several kids in our cul- de -sac and we never see any of them out running around. Will they be signing up for SparkPeople in 20-30 years?
    2103 days ago
    You took me back many years. It was more bearable as a child.
    Keep cool.
    2103 days ago
    What a great blog. I bet you that little girl couldn't wait to burst out of bed to go play or watch Sat. morning cartoons. Remember that for tomorrows run.

    Thanks for reminding us the innocence & wonder of being young.

    After intense heat, we'd have big thunder boomers sometimes, my dad would let us get into our bathing suits & splash in the puddles to cool off. Oh how I loved that.
    2103 days ago
    We played games with the whole neighborhood like hide and seek or capture the flag! When the real heat came....we headed to the lakes...every road leads to one here.
    All day we practiced our skills - dead mans float, handstands, and swimming under each others legs! We rarely had air on hot nights but you slept like a log exhausted.
    2103 days ago
    Ah, the memories.
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    2103 days ago
  • KAZZIE531
    Great Blog......Back in the days, living on the south side of Chicago.....the firemen used to open up the fire hydrins and we would run through the water to cool off......

    Then the Tastee-Freeze truck would come around and for 25 cents we would get these huge soft serve ice cream cones.........

    Ahhhhh those were the days my friend
    2103 days ago
    Thanks for bringing back these memories - prompted me to make my own post.

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    2103 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    This is a fun blog, thanks for bringing up the reminders of childhood summers gone by. I remember biking and playing at the park. Sprinklers and catching crawdads in the ditch. We would sit at the ditch for hours in the blazing hot sun trying to catch the little critters only to let them go again. Thanks again for the reminders.
    2103 days ago
    swimming in the neighborhood pool, riding my bike, playing kick the can in the back yard, exploring the nearby woods, wading in the lake.....
    Thanks for the reminder!!!
    2103 days ago
    I think of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff singing "Summer Time" blasting on the sound system and attending a cool emoticon of summer romance.

    Thanks for letting me reminisce!
    2103 days ago
    I skated...swirling, turning, jumping and flying...through the streets of my neighborhood. Thanks for the memories, Mama!!

    love you Holley!
    2103 days ago
    My favorite summertime memories are of thunderstorms. I loved the hot, muggy day right before a huge thunderstorm, where you feel it gathering in the air above you, smell the ozone and feel the electricity running down your skin, and that sudden gust of cool wind right before it breaks into a wild show of celestial fireworks and warm rain. Of course, at the end of the deluge there was always a gorgeous rainbow. Now heat triggers different memories, not all of them unpleasant, but not the memories of my childhood... and I hate thunderstorms now... Oh well! If you find a way to bottle the nice "school is out for summer" feeling, send a bottle my way!
    2103 days ago
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