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“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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Dear Summer,

I’ve been a good sport, I really have. I have air conditioning, which makes it easier, but your 90+ temperatures this year have made it really yucky to do some things that I enjoy, like work in the garden or spend a lot of time outside.

You see, Summer, I love you sometimes. I love your 75° days with clear blue skies and no humidity. I love spending days on the lake with you and my family. I love the explosion of color as tons of flowers compete with each other for the best blooms in July and August, the crackle of an evening thunderstorm, and going outside without bundling up. You’re not all bad, Summer, you need to know that, but some of the things you do really get to me sometimes.

For example, this year in particular, you make me sweat just because I breathe. This is completely unfair. I expect to sweat, say, when I work out or go for a run. There’s a payoff, you see, because I’m burning calories and getting stronger. I’m even okay with glowing a bit when I get into my closed-up car before it cools off. But sweating just because I’m outside is gross. I hate it, especially when the humidity is up there and it feels like I’m wrapped in a hot, wet, blanket. There have been more of those days than not this year, Summer, and it’s high time I said something.

Now, before you protest, I’ll admit that I am, indeed, an Autumn girl through and through, but just because Autumn is my favorite doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate things about the other seasons, including you! Winter can be absolutely breathtaking with its frozen beauty and, of course, it has all the wonders of the holiday season to help it along. Snow days from school also give it some bonus points. Winter does have its drawbacks, but there’s something cozy about coming in from the cold or from shoveling and warming up snuggled in a blanket on the couch. Although Winter aggravates my Renaud’s, hand and toe warmers help with that.

Spring is, admittedly, my second favorite, with blossoms bursting out of trees, baby animals, and more daylight. Spring is unpredictable around here. In any given week, it can be snowing on Sunday, but shorts weather by Thursday. It’s time to plant my garden and the perennials begin to fill in from the seemingly dead winter branches. Spring renews things and makes them beautiful.

That isn’t to say, Summer, that you’re not beautiful. You are! Watching my nieces play in the sand and water is beautiful. Watching the butterflies flit around the flowers is beautiful. Freezing my feet and legs in the Massachusetts ocean while the top half of me is warm is beautiful. Color- splashed sunsets after nine o’clock are beautiful. You definitely have your good points, Summer, and I don’t want to minimize those at all. Several people that I know like you the best; you have quite the fan club, you know. I’m just not always a part of it.

What don’t I like about you? Just a few things, really, but those few things can come close to being deal breakers. For example, why does it seem like every single bug have to bite me when it’s already annoyingly humid? The humidity already makes me cranky, why do you also have to bite?

What is it with the extreme temperatures? I know, I know, global warming and all, but really? Why do you want to drain all of my energy and melt me? There are people who really do enjoy your heat and humidity, but I seriously feel that I’m not built for this stuff. I have a difficult time functioning. I’m not telling you to get rid of your heat and humidity entirely, you are Summer, after all, but maybe just tone it down a bit for those of us who are not heat-tolerant. There’s nothing attractive about being sweaty and having strands of hair sticking to the back of one’s neck.

I hope you don’t feel like I’m picking on you, Summer. I hate confrontation, but I think that things have gotten to the point where this intervention is necessary. It’s now the third day of September and the heat index is going to be 97°. Let me say that again. On September 3rd, it will feel like it’s 97° outside. This is not July. I could see eighties now, I really could, or high seventies, because I know you’re not finished yet. You have another three weeks before Autumn moves in and I don’t want you to feel like you have to pack up already. But maybe you could exit gracefully, on a high note.

Think about it: instead of the glaring heat, you could say your goodbyes and make these last three weeks pleasant and warm instead of equator-hot. Tone down the humidity, unless you’re going to rain. Rain can upset some plans, but we all know it’s necessary and it helps you keep your gorgeous color. I can live with that. In fact, a few more rainy days this year would have been a good thing. I just hate feeling like I’m walking into a rainforest every time I step outside.

In closing, Summer, I appreciate you, I really do, but it feels like you’re trying too hard this year. You already have many wonderful qualities, don’t over-do it. We live in Michigan, not Costa Rica. It should not be hotter than Miami, as it has been on some days. Chill out, literally, just a bit, and we’ll get along just fine.

Now, enjoy your last three weeks and enjoy a restful nine months. I look forward to seeing you again in June.

All my best,


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Those who know me know that I am definitely not a summer person. I can’t stand heat or extreme humidity. Anything above 82 degrees is pretty much miserable for me. This extreme winter isn’t much fun either, but for some reason, I tolerate it a lot better than I do the summer heat. Even the hassle of shoveling, white/numb fingers, and piling on layers seems like less of an ordeal than the crushing weight of the air under 90% humidity and not being able to breathe without sweating. I’m not a winter sports person, I get too cold, but while I don’t relish hibernation, I don’t hate winter.

That being said, the more this winter goes on, I do miss a lot of things. Here are some of them.

1. Color. When it snows, the tree limbs are breathtakingly beautiful. Dazzling white, fresh-fallen snow makes me pause and take it all in. On the other hand, dirty, nasty, slush on the sides of the roads gets very tiresome, as does a leaden sky. I can’t wait to see the first crocuses in my neighbors’ yards, green, not brown, grass, my dogwood tree in bloom, my yellow hyacinths poking up. Yep, I’m jonesing for a little color about now.

2. Dry ground. No matter where I’ve gone in the past two months, the ground has been covered in snow/ice/melted snow or ice. My work shoes are all ruined, but I’ve worn them for a few years, so it’s not a huge loss. I’d like to walk across a parking lot without getting wet, though. Andrew and I were soaked to our socks last weekend running in to English Gardens.

3. Open windows. I LOVE when the temperature is around 70-75 and there’s a light breeze outside. It’s even better when I can smell the flowers or freshly-cut grass. Our windows are old and drafty, so when it gets frigid like this, we keep the shades drawn to block as much of the cold as possible. It’s a bit isolating, especially on those days when the sun is shining. Like today.

4. Sandals. I love sandals, NOT flip flops. Flip flops are gross, dirty, and cheap-looking. Sandals, on the other hand, can be dressy, strappy, or casual, and they’re cool in the aforementioned temperatures from Hades.

5. Cute dresses. Dresses are fun. It’s too cold to wear them now. It has to be at least in the 40 degree range before I even consider wearing a dress in the winter. A cold blast of wind in just the right place is an unpleasant experience.

6. Ice cream. Marty and I have a standing “date” every Tuesday night after the kids go to bed where we have a bowl of ice cream, but we haven’t had it in several weeks now. Why? It’s too flipping cold! Maybe we will this week, as it’s going to a daytime high of 17. Heat wave.

7. Daylight. I enjoy taking a walk after dinner. For safety’s sake, it needs to be light. I don’t live in a bad neighborhood, but common sense tells me to be safe. I know bad things can happen in daylight, too, they’re just not as likely. I get really bored with just exercising and I enjoy my walks up to the corner store. I usually get a paper, say hi to the brothers that work there, and make my way back home using different routes to see new things in my neighborhood. Last winter, I took Zumba to help me get my exercise, this year I’m taking hula and tap dancing to keep me moving but I still miss my walks.

I’m really not complaining. I’d much rather deal with this weather that 90+ degrees. There are just some things that I miss and that I’m looking forward to, say, oh, June, at this rate. What things do you miss during this time of year? Post as a comment of FB or on my blog page. This has been a long winter for everyone, so let off some steam! (Besides, steam is warm. Maybe it will help.)

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