It’s the classic line when the temp gets anywhere near 100 degrees in Minnesota.
As people walk down the street and greet one another in passing, the weather becomes the topic of choice for those doing their best to get from Point A to Point B where there is air conditioning available.
Air conditioning is a great asset, and whomever invented it should have been paid a lot more money than they were.
Yet, I am convinced this great asset has also become a bit of a detriment for us, as it has spoiled us so much we can’t bear even being out in the heat of the day for more than a few minutes.
School activities have been cancelled, and in a couple of cases school was even cancelled or students let out early due to the heat.
I understand the importance of keeping our kids safe and have heard the stories about kids dying because they did not take care of themselves when out in the heat of the day.
Yet, I wonder if our coddling has taken things to an unhealthy level. Are we raising a generation of kids who are going to spend their days in a bubble?
The Krause castle has an airconditioner, but, for the most part, it does not get turned on, because, like the castles of old, the house is quite inefficient and there just is not enough power in our window unit to cool off all of Redwood County.
So, family still at home sweats out the days, or they spend time visiting grandma’s house and often going on short drives to find a way to get cool.
As I sit in my air conditioned office it is easy for me to tell others to tough it out, but I know there are a lot of people out there who have jobs where they are required to be outside regardless of the temperature.
I have a great respect for those who work on road crews and those who are in the construction industry.
I also know those individuals are a lot tougher than the rest of us, because their bodies in many ways have adapted to the heat.
Summer in Minnesota can get hot sometimes, and the humidity can make that heat oppressive.
Just remember to suck it up now, because in just a few months we’ll be asking an entirely different weather question.
“Is it cold enough for you?”
I got an e-mail this past week from Megan Smith who is part of a local group raising funds for the American Foundation for Suicide. They are going to take part in a walk Sept. 7 in Willmar, and to help support the program are currently accepting donations. Tonight at the Cardinal football game donations are being accepted for the walk, and I want to encourage you to make a donation and to stop by and talk with those who are getting involved. This is one important step in helping make sure we don’t have to hear any more stories about one of our kids taking their own lives.