Summer seems to have gotten a bit of a bum rap. It seems like every person that I speak to lately just wants to have a long whinge about how awful the hot season is and how they can’t wait for winter to roll around.
Personally, I love summer. It’s my favorite season by far. I tend to feel the cold acutely and I spend the entirety of winter snivelling and huddling into a nest of blankets and hoodies. Summer is a chance to spend time outdoors, to eat lovely fresh fruit, to go for long evening walks, to swim, to break out the floaty, feminine clothing and relax. Its a three-month period where I don’t have to feel like every muscle in my body has frozen solid and I dread moving from any warm spot that I find. I’m like a cat or a lizard, always in search of a hot spot to laze in.
Heat doesn’t bother me. On the contrary, I love it. I love the feel of the sun on my skin and sweat oozing out of my pores. It makes me feel relaxed, limber and lovely. The temperature really has to soar for me to feel hot and bothered.
Here are a few things that people do in hot weather that really get my goat:
– Ask me “why is it so hot?”. The answer to this question is “because it’s summer, and we live in Australia, where it does tend to heat up at this time of year, you berk”.
– Say “It’s so hot, I’m melting”. You aren’t melting. You are a solid form make of skin and muscle and bone, and you won’t melt unless your body temperature soars to an astronomical height. That sensation you are feeling is sweat, and it’s designed to cool you down, you berk.
– Turn their air-con up so high I need to don a cardigan. When I watch T.V with my dad I need to wrap myself in a blanket, because he insists on jamming the air-con to “arctic”. The other day I had goosebumps in Safeway. It’s really bad for you to crank up the air con because a. it increases your electricity bill, b. it makes it even harder for you to adjust to the heat, and c. your body isn’t designed to cope with constantly switching environments with dramatically different temperatures, and you will get sick and bothered.
– Insist on serving fully cooked hot meals. Do yourself a favor and make a lovely chicken salad or fruit platter instead.
– Continually whinge about their sun-burn and heat stroke, but insist on spending long periods of time in the sun, without sunscreen or a hat.
– neglect to apply deodorant. ‘Nuff said.
Instead of being so down on summer, embrace the fact that every year, you are guaranteed three months in which you are perfectly entitled to indulge in:
– evening walks.
– reading trashy novels by a pool.
– fresh fruit platters
– icy poles.
– floaty dresses, gladiator sandals and lip-gloss
– sun kissed hair
– water-balloon fights
– fruity cocktails and beer
– sleeping in the nude without freezing your bits off.
– walking around barefoot.
– posies of fresh flowers.
Ironically, I often find that people who whine about how hot it is in summer are the very same people who groan about the cold of winter. I believe it is perfectly fine and indeed normal to prefer one season over all the others. However, people who just love any excuse to have a whinge are best left to their miserable devices.
If you are a winter-lover, and you find it unbearable in the summer time, here are a few tips to help you to keep your cool.
– avoid going outside between the hours of 10am and 3pm, as the sun tends to be at it’s hottest. If you have to venture outside in this interval, make sure you put on plenty of sunscreen and take a hat or a parasol for good measure. Save exercise, gardening or shopping for the evening, when it’s cooler.
– plan healthy meals that don’t involve turning on the oven. Take advantage of the huge range of fresh produce available by whipping up smoothies, salads, stir-fries and sandwiches.
– drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is vital to withstanding the heat.
– keep your air-con turned to about 22 or 23 degrees. This will keep your house comfortable, without turning it into a giant freezer.
– slurp on an icy pole.
– make lemonade, limeade or iced tea to sip.
– make sure your freezer is stocked with plenty of ice.
– don’t overdress. Wear cool, natural fabrics like cotton and linen, and choose items that drape and flow rather than cling.
– If you have long hair, tie it up off your neck
– apply a cool wash cloth to the back of your neck
– rub peppermint lotion on your feet and cucumber cream on your face.
– take a cool shower twice a day.
– join the local swimming pool and swim every day.
Enjoy summer, don’t loathe it. It’s a lovely time of year and it’s so much easier to just embrace it and go with the flow than trying to resist it and crapping all over those who are enjoying the sunshine.