“Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.”

Today my world has been righted. The line at Dunkin Donuts was short. I enjoyed two medium coffees as soon as I got home. My house is cool. Outside is hot so I’m quite comfortable.

My car’s air conditioning went off abruptly while I was in line for coffee. Immediately I thought bad karma had returned. Nope, I had hit the button when I was rummaging around for money. I turned the AC back on, “All’s right with the world!”

You’d swear I was abusing my animals if you had watched them at breakfast this morning. For the cats, I gave them fresh water, a full bowl of dry food and two cans of wet food. The big cat went right to the dish and started eating. When I got downstairs, I let Henry out and gave him his breakfast, his dry food. He came back inside and immediately began eating. When was the last time these poor animals ate? That would be last night.

When I was a kid, it was my brother’s chore to feed the dog. Duke ate two cans of dog food, horse meat in those days, every morning, but many mornings my mother ended up feeding Duke, my brother being remiss. Sometimes I did. I still remember how awful that food smelled.

My father didn’t like baseball or basketball. He loved watching hockey and football. One year we gave him a Christmas gift of a year of Bruins’ hockey. He was thrilled. My mother wasn’t so she bought him a small TV so he could watch upstairs. He never did. He watched on the big TV in living room. My mother went upstairs.

When I was growing up, I never noticed how hot the days got. I played softball all summer, walked to the town pool, a walk of a couple of miles, rode my bike and fell asleep without a fan. My sisters used to run through the sprinkler. The water was always cold at first, and they yelped, but the water felt warmer the wetter they got. I always thought of that as a kid thing.

In Ghana, in Bolga, I didn’t buy a fan, not wanting to spend the money. In the afternoon, when the day was the hottest, the post office and some stores closed. They reopened a few hours later. I learned to take it easy during these hours. I’d stay inside and read or even nap. I got used to the heat. That’s just the way it was. When other volunteers from the south visited, they couldn’t abide the heat and couldn’t imagine living in Bolga. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I love Bolga despite the harmattan, the humidity and all its heat. It was my home.

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8 Comments on ““Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Good that things tirned towardsright again 🙂 Last summer wwas so hot that the only plkace to be was in the car since it has AC 🙂

    Mostly nice weather here after the humidity suddenly fell down fast, now thunder is coming close and I do look forward to it. It is at the moment around 15 miles away but I can hear the rumble clearly. All the birds quieted down as soon as it started to close in on us and even the grasshoppers are quiet now. Don’t think I’ve ever noticed anything like that before. I better bring in Albin before it is too late.

    I never noticed the heat as a kid either, too bad it’s a grownw up thing 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      My house has AC. It was the best thing I ever did. The only problem is upstairs doesn’t get all that cold, with heat rising. I usually turn my window AC on for a bit and that does the trick.

      It will be hot but nice the next few days. The nights cool down, and that is perfect. I figure the thrusts must be thrilled with the weather.

      Yup, hot is a grown up thing!

      Have a great Sunday!!

  2. Rowen Says:

    A few early childhood days of uncomfortable heat stand out—mostly not. Summer was about running around in flipflops and shorts, and having cold drinks and going swimming. But I remember once wishing my bike could have air conditioning like a car. My father explained.

    • katry Says:

      I was always active all summer. When I got older, I was in a drill team, St. Patrick’s Shamrocks. We competed all summer. I remember standing on the ready line with the sun pouring down and no relief until after our routine. Always a few girls fainted. I never did.

      I like the breeze I got riding my bike down hill. I didn’t know about air conditioner as no one had it when I was a kid.

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    When we first moved to Texas in 1953 air conditioning was just coming to people’s homes. The summer of 1953 and 1954 were among the hottest and driest on record. My father had an air conditioner installed in his car and was traveling in west Texas when he stopped along the way for a soda. While sitting at the counter in a dinner an older man wearing a cowboy hat and boots sat down next to him. My father asked him if it was always this hot. He replied that it never used to get this hot before they had air conditioning. 🙂

    Today’s weather will be the same as it was yesterday. Although, some rain may sneak in before Labor Day but generally the weather in the second half of July and all of August are hot and dry.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I don’t remember when air conditioning started to turn up, but it wasn’t as soon as 1953 or 1954. I don’t remember anyone in my neighborhood having a window air conditioner. That was way in the future.

      Yup, air conditioning contributed to global warming!

      We’ll have hotter days in August when the humidity seems the worse. September is the best month with warm days and little or no humidity.

      We’ll have rain later this week.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        I don’t think he was referring to global warming. When you didn’t have AC you didn’t miss it and the temperature didn’t feel so bad it was just the way it was. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        That was a joke, Bob!

        I agree about not missing what you haven’t had.

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