Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You Know You're From Michigan When...

Today, there is a severe weather alert for St. Joseph County. Why? It's hot. It's about 92 degrees but could feel like it's 99 degrees. To my readers in Florida this may seem like nothing but up here it is abnormal. We only get this hot for a handful of days out of the summer. Our summer temps are normally in the 80's. The hot weather actually becomes headlines of our newspaper.

Back in the day (and by "day" i'm referring to when I was about 10)... I hated summer. I was basically an only child what with only having two older brothers that didn't even live in the house anymore and there were no neighbor kids my age to play with. Summer meant that I became a hermit and did nothing but sit inside my baby-sitters air conditioned house. She would make us go outside for "play time" in ridiculous temperatures. I used to just sit in the shade and do nothing because if I played in the sun I would turn into a puddle of sweat. Sweat attracted mosquitos. And, mosquitos LOVE me. I remember just waiting impatiently for outside time to be over with so I could go back in and lay on the living room floor where it was nice and cool.

Now that I am an adult and have to deal with Michigan winters... I adore summer and will never take the heat for granted again. As much as I hate sweating my tush off at night, I hate even more having to put on 2 pairs of sweats , socks and slippers, a t-shirt, a hoodie, and sometimes gloves just to be able to fall asleep without shaking. The older I get the more I dislike clothing. The more I dislike dealing with layers. I also strongly dislike snowy roads and lack of sunshine. I need sunshine! I get depressed easily and sunshine is my endorphin that gets me all high on life.

In conclusion, i'm moving to Florida. Not now, obviously, but at some point. I need to be in warm weather that makes me sweat my ass off instead of freeze up completely.

1 comment:

  1. I'm the opposite. I liked summer when I was younger. I spent almost every day at my grandparents' pool. It was fantastic. But now as an adult, I loathe summer weather. Anything hotter than around 76 degrees is just way too hot for me. We had heat indices in the 100's last week. It sucked. I stayed in the air conditioned house though so it was okay.

    I've always loved winter and cold weather. I mean, I hate driving in it. And shoveling the driveway isn't much fun. But everything else...I love.