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Kali-Davies Anderson

June 25, 2013

Kali Davies-Anderson: Summer ain't what it used to be



Immediately the back of my knees begin to perspire. It is not pretty.

I then have to come to terms with the fact that I have to endure this heat for at least 13-14 hours before I can actually get in my bed again.

Soon I hear my oldest daughter jogging around in her crib, and when I open the door to her room I am greeted by the sweatiest toddler alive. Anyone that has children knows that toddlers are cute, toddlers are funny, but sweaty toddlers are pretty gross…even to a mom.

My first inclination is to take her outside and spray her off with the hose, but a quick and cool bath seems to be less primate-like. 

My next task is to actually clean my house in the heat. I glance quickly at the thermostat in my dining room: “83”. For anyone that has ever tried to do anything in a house that was 83 degrees, you can confirm that it is virtually impossible to tie one’s show, let alone scrub the kitchen sink.

After roaming the house aimlessly for 30 minutes, not so much as wiping off a counter, I decide to take a shower. This shower will be the first of several that I will take today, with the false hope each time that the coolness will somehow last longer than the 5 minutes that I am standing under the water. Soon, it is mid-afternoon and I have done nothing but showered and fed my child (I, myself have not eaten, because again, in an 83 degree house even food is not appealing).

I then realize that my only option to cool off is a sad one, and one that apparently everyone else in New Castle has decided upon, because as I enter the Wal-Mart Super Store there are 1.2 million cars and a plethora of empty buggies. We have all gathered together to walk around the air conditioned store with the hopes of cooling off.

This is my summer as an adult. No swimming pools. No ice cream trucks. No kickball in the field. Just plain old sweat. And now I am window shopping in the pet fish aisle at Wal-Mart.

Maybe next year I will invest in some Central A/C.






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