Today was hot…real hot…
I even heard some people complaining about it. People didn’t want to go outside because it was hot. And, for the most part, I have to agree with them…it was HOT!
I started thinking about how we are, as Chicagoans. We complain about the weather, no matter what it is. It’s too hot, or too cold, or too rainy, or (and let’s not forget this one!) TOO SNOWY! And, as a matter of fact, this last winter seemed like it was never going to end. Like, EVER! But it did, and then we were hit with a wonderful Spring, that lasted and lasted. It lasted longer than any Spring in the recent past has lasted. It went on and on… and I loved it!
There were so many nights that I get out of class at 9pm, and step outside onto Michigan Avenue, and the breeze off the Lake would greet us. It was intoxicating. I would take a big breath in, and announce to myself and to anyone around me “This weather is perfect!” Some would nod in agreement, some would say that they like it hotter, some would even say that they liked it colder. But, for me, it was perfect!
I have been looking forward to this summer since last summer ended. I feel lucky and blessed to be in the City that I love, to be working full time, and to be going to school full time. I realize that it means that I won’t be outside very much this summer, but when I am outside, I am going to enjoy it as much as I can! This is going to be one of the best summers in Chicago! Seriously! I can feel it! So enjoy it…just remember to put on your sun screen! (I saw a lot of Lobsters out there today…c’mon people, lotion up!)
And when December rolls around, you will look back with fond memories, and you won’t remember it was sweltering… you will just remember that it was great, and you were in Chicago when it was great! And that is what will get you through the winter, because isn’t that what always gets us through? Knowing what we have to look forward to in the summer?
So enjoy it! Either from a blanket on the beach, on your balcony or stoop…or even in the air conditioning…wherever you are, whatever you do this summer… enjoy it! Because in the winter, everyone swears they will be happy during the summer and not complain about the heat…and only in the summer, when push really comes to shove, and everyone is cranky from the heat, that’s when you find out…
only SOME like it hot! 🙂
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