Hello faithful readers….let’s cut right to the chase. Is it hotter than hell where you are? And what have we collectively done to deserve this? In my (new) home state, we had a two week stint of 85+ degrees which led me to dropping the “P” word to my wife as a must have at (pool, for your newbies). After getting some quotes for $70k+, we had to table that idea but it timed well with a break in the heat.
Fast forward to last week, when I arrived in New England for vacation. Now, I was “that parent” who took my kids to an amusement park and spent the entire day in 93 degrees (thank god for water rides!) and we were pretty drained last night. But today, my friends. Today was one for the books. Today it was 99 degrees outside. NO JOKE. And this is not common place here. I spent my formative years here and we didn’t have air conditioning. In fact, my father continues to live in the house that I grew up in and he still does not have air conditioning (note to self: text old man to ensure he is alive.)
As you may recall, I lived in Florida for the last 10 years prior to moving last fall. And when I saw Florida, I mean SOUTH Florida, 90 minutes north of Miami, where it is 55 degrees for one week in January and then doesn’t drop below 80 for the rest of the year. In fact, my wife flew there for work today and texted me that it was 98 degrees. To which I had the audacity (and picture proof) to respond with “It’s hotter up here in the north.” I found myself looking around to see if I was being puked. Anyone else????
I have heard people say that “heat can make people do crazy things” and for me, this means that we stay inside. Category 5 level crazy, I know. Luckily, my kids aren’t fans of the heat nor of being outside daily, so it was barely noticeable to them. Tomorrow’s forecast is for more of the same, so I am going to pack us up and go jump in a lake. Any lake will do. Except crowded ones. Which will be every single one tmw because New Englanders aren’t foolish, nor do they often have pools.
Pray for us.