I’ve never tried to fry an egg on hot pavement during a Mississippi summer, but I’m told it can be done.
The walk across a parking lot from car to door these days is tough going. Any attempt at yard work is risking heat stroke.
Folks make fun of me because at the Journal, I sit at my desk with a heater on underneath or I’m wearing a jacket.
But outside is another story entirely. And the truth is, summer does not officially begin until June 20, the date of the Summer Solstice.
I, for one, am already tired of the heat that will only get worse.
It’s going to be a long, hot one. And that makes me very unhappy.
When I was a little girl, my family would travel to Arizona some summers in a car with no air conditioning. I don’t recall short tempers or heat strokes among us. But thinking back on that time makes me awfully uncomfortable.
And my first three years of teaching junior high kids on the Gulf Coast, the only air conditioner was in the principal’s office. How kids learned – and how teachers taught – remains a mystery. And a miracle.
I shudder to think of those days.
Rather than wallow in my sweltering suffering, I’ve searched for some suggestions on cooling off.
And I’m happy to share.
• Eat to sweat. Though this one makes absolutely no sense to me, I’ve heard this tip more than once. Apparently, when we eat hot, spicy foods, we sweat but our body temperatures do not rise.
Scientists say when we sweat, we will feel cooler as the sweat evaporates. It will feel even better if, while sweating, we plop down right in front of a fan.
• Cool heat-radiating body parts. That would be the hands, feet, face and ears. I’m told if we stick just our feet into a bucket of ice cold water, we’ll feel better.
• Try a heat-snorkeling system. Fill a glass with ice, hold it to your mouth and blow into the cup. This would be like having your own personal, hand-held air conditioner. No wattage. No electric bill.
• Don’t move. Moving around while hot makes one hotter. This suggestion, however, does not seem practical. Sitting still from June until mid-September just won’t work for most of us.
• Veg out. Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber and stick it in the middle of your forehead. Just remember it’s there before answering the door. I promise I did not make this stuff up.
• Practice positive imaging. Think cool. Read books that take place in winter and somewhere it’s freezing cold. This might work since you’ll also have to sit still to read.
• Imagine making snow angels.
• Pray for an early fall.
Hope this helps. Stay cool.