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Summer's sultry end

August 30, 2013 - Jennifer Brookens
"This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper." - T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men"

... and that seems to sum up just how the summer is ending. There has been little to be seen or heard from anyone this last full week of summer vacation because it's just been too hot to make any sort of ruckus. (Besides over the latest former Disney child gone wild, of course).

I remember (albeit not clearly) how the tension at the Brookens household was so thick at this time last year. Kids wanting to whine, "I'm bored," and me snarling at the thought. This would probably be true this year, except no one has the energy to whine. My daughter, in preparing for her teen years, has become an expert at sleeping in and taking naps in the middle of the day. (Why she couldn't do that when she was 2 or 3, I'll never know). The Boy has had cabin fever again, but a few minutes outside in the swampy air quickly dampens his spitfire. Plus over the years, the kids have learned not to egg on their parents when it's either too hot or too cold. I admit, I prefer the warmth over the cold just for the fact I can still jump in my car and go someplace without risking skidding on ice and wrecking into a fossilized snowdrift. But I do have a narrow window of comfort. These days, just don't make me stand over the stove and don't block my a/c vent, and we'll be just fine.

But all things must come to an end, and it looks like as soon as we turn the calendar to September, the heat wave will break and our current lows in the 70s will be our highs instead. And even with our heat wave, I wasn't pleased to hear the Farmer's Almanac's prediction of a bitter cold winter for us. But then again, this week's prediction was for cooler temperatures and thunderstorms. We can hope the old farmer is losing his touch...


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