Summer Heat


I despise hot weather. I live in Minnesota and many people here can’t wait for summer to arrive after a long cold Winter. Me, not so much. I love Spring and Fall when the temperature is mild (around 60 degrees Fahrenheit) and the sun on your shoulders feels good. But when that sun starts to cause pain, like the cold air does in Winter, I head for the shade, with a fan blowing or even air conditioning. Now I don’t like AC but if the alternative is blistering heat well, I’ll take the AC. People in Minnesota flock to the beach in summer to soak up the rays and get a tan. Not me. I will no more hang out in the sun in summer than stand in 30 below Winter air without a coat on.

The difference I feel, between Summer and Winter is this: I can go outside in Winter with a coat, boots, hat and gloves and if I stay active, I will stay warm. In Summer when it’s 90 degrees outside, with high humidity like we often get here, there’s nothing you can do to stay cool. It’s just hot and I’m miserable. It saps all my energy, it dull my mind and I get cranky. I hate sweating and feeling damp. It makes me feel prickly and itchy and rashy. I know, rashy is not a word. The only reason I stay here is because I’ve got family and friends.

I used to know a woman from Florida. She tried to tell me it was the same as living in Minnesota. “We just stay inside during the hottest months like you do in Winter,” she said. “Wrong,” I said. We Minnesotans are outside a lot in Winter. There is a multitude of Winter activities that people take part in. Skiing, snowboarding, skating, snowshoeing, hiking, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and lots of Winter celebrations all over the state. We are outside all throughout the Winter whereas in Summer in places like Florida when it’s really hot and humid well, you can’t escape that unless you stay indoors.

I’ve thought about moving further North. Northern Minnesota is beautiful with it’s Pine forests and thousands of lakes. But I would sorely miss my family and friends. And they, me. So here I stay. And I’ll be hot and miserable until the temperature gets below 65 and stays there. Oh well.

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