As I write this in the comfort of my air-conditioned house, I am thinking of all the poor souls who are putting on new roofs, landscapers and other people with jobs that require them to work in temperatures that are, what I believe, close to the current temperature in Purgatory. It was 107 degrees today. This is not normal for where I live, I don’t like it and therefore, I have gone into hibernation in my house (which has become cave-like, due to all the blinds being closed) until the mercury dips below 90.
While in this self-imposed hibernation, I was struck with the thought, “Dear God, what did people do before air-conditioning? How did they even survive?” Because at this point, I have realized that I would die without air-conditioning. Yes, die. Seriously, not even joking here. It’s no wonder when you see pictures of people from the late 1800s and early 1900s, they are all NOT SMILING. They are mean-looking, irritated, annoyed and completely unhappy. It’s because they are wearing suits and long-sleeved dresses and it’s 90 stinking degrees outside, and there is absolutely nowhere to get cool. I can’t even imagine how much my kids would hate me if we lived without A/C, because every single word, look and action would set me off when it’s an oven inside and outside.
My parents and my 100 year-old grandmother scoff at me and tell me that I have it easy, why back in their day, no one had air-conditioning. And yes, they are absolutely right. I do have it easy, and that is why I am going to say a little prayer of thanks that I was born in a time and place when air-conditioning is standard. As fascinating as it would be to travel back in time, and as much as I love history, I’m pretty sure that there is no place I’d rather be than right here, in 2012.
All kidding aside, I want to take a moment to thank the brave men and women in our military, who are stationed in hell-holes all over the world where this weather is normal. Plus, they have to bear it in camouflage and gear, ducking IEDs and bullets for a ridiculously small amount of money. THANK YOU. You are appreciated.