I want to know why it feels like summer already, and why didn't we get winter this year? I'm not accepting global warming as an answer, either.
Since I'm in a curmudgeonly mood this afternoon let me just go ahead and make my annual pronouncement. (Usually only my immediate family get stuck hearing this, now with my vast blog audience...well, okay...family members, listen up)
I don't like summer.
I also don't like Daylight Saving Time, and if I could go back in time I would find Benjamin Franklin... No, wait, I would find the people who took his sarcastic, joking proposal of DST seriously, and I would slap them silly. Daylight Saving Time is an abomination from the pit of hell and it smells like smoke. I don't know if you've heard this, but it Makes People Grouchy. I
Back to summer. I don't like being hot, nor do I like being sticky. Nor do I like being bitten by bugs, plagued by poison ivy, irritated by pollen, and slowly killed by ozone and particulate matter in our bad air. I do not like gardening, although I do like eating fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. I do not like sunbathing, golfing, running around like an idiot in the heat, and all those other things people love to do in the summer time. The actual act of swimming I can enjoy, but all the accompanying fol de rol of driving or walking in the heat to a pool, wearing lycra, and getting chlorine on my skin makes it hardly worth thinking of.
My father-in-law told me once that the reason I hate summer is because I'm fat and fat people don't tolerate the heat well. He may have had a point about fat people in general, and I admit to being about as fat as a person can legally get, but let it be known that I have never liked summer. I have also never been what you would call scrawny or undernourished, at least not once I got past 5 years old. But I have been much more "normal" in size that I am now, and I did not like summer then. As a child I looked forward to being out of school, but that is different than liking summer.
I remember enjoying the heat one summer of my life. I was very anemic and freezing constantly. Tom would come home and want to know why I hadn't turned the air conditioner on and I would say things like, "But it's only 87 outside and it feels very pleasant in here." Once the cause of the anemia was taken care of and my hemoglobin levels got back to normal I lost that heat-tolerance advantage. It's my understanding that there are people out there who enjoy summer heat like that all the time. Interesting. Fortunately for me, none of them live in the same house with me!
To be honest, it is not hot here today. According to the digital thermometer on the wall near me, it is 69 degrees outside and 71 degrees in the house. It is also not too humid. So I really have no grounds for complaint today. BUT, I know it is coming. It won't be long at all till the weather people on TV start saying things like "Tomorrow's high should be in the mid-eighties, so just a lovely day out there...get out and enjoy it!"
I want to move to Vermont.