I used to look forward to summer.
When I was a kid, summer meant outside — no vegetating in front of the TV for us!
That long expanse of time between the end of one school year and the beginning of another found us getting together with friends, playing games and jacks, dancing to music. We’d buy frosty milkshakes from the ice cream vendor who scouted the neighborhoods, swim in our city’s pool, and play hours of tennis.
The days were long and sunny. Who cared if they were hot? Just wait around a while and a raging cold front would come through, driving temperatures back into the comfortable range, moistening the ground, pruning a few trees, and wiping away the humidity.
Nights would find us catching fireflies in jars (with holes poked in the lids so the bugs could breathe!). We’d ride our bikes to a friend’s house, play softball in a vacant lot, and enjoy the lingering daylight.
So what happened?
I’m not sure. The Weather Channel hasn’t addressed this, and I haven’t seen anything in our newspaper or on TV or the Internet to explain it.
Somewhere along the line, our weather has changed.
Our summers have become fierce, with tons of rain, violent storms, high temperatures, and unbearable humidity. When cold fronts come through nowadays, like as not they’ll kick our power out, cause the tornado sirens to wail, knock down shade trees, and finally spent, leave destruction, flooding, and more high temps and humidity in their wake.
Spring used to be our stormy season, but its days were short and we were in school. Once spring flew away, the days lengthened into summer, and we raced outside to enjoy every minute.
Hard to enjoy summer anymore.
We’ve had the rainiest June and July on record, I think. As soon as winter’s snow melted, we found ourselves smack-dab in the middle of a season that seems confused whether it’s “spring” or “summer”!
Maybe we’ll just have to look to autumn as our peaceful season from now on.
Come to think of it,Deb, you are right..the weather has changed from my childhood memories of warm, sunny springs and lilacs blooming, of summer nights playing hide and seek with the neighborhood kids and yes, catching fireflies, of crisp sunny fall days playing in the leaves then building snow forts in the winter..I don’t recall such extremes but maybe just being a kid didn’t require me to? Thanks for the trip down memory lane. And autumn has always been my favorite season. Kathy
Wow, we share so many of the same memories!! That’s just too cool, Kathy — thanks for your comments. I’m right there with you — I love autumn, too, and the smell of crayons and back-to-school shopping. Weird, I know!
I’ve been saying for years that I think the seasons are making a shift of some sort. Mark my words… by 2030 summertime will be hotter than the hinges on hell’s door.
I totally agree! And it’s not just the Midwest — it’s ALL over!