Not Yet Really Feeling the Heat

Six days on a partially working air conditioning system, it is now repaired—and this evening the windows are open to allow the evening air in. For those of you who aren’t from Texas, you may not understand how significant this is. When I first moved here with my family (I had just turned 16), we came from coastal California and A/C didn’t exist in our house. We weren’t strangers to it, by any means, but I had no idea at the time what it meant to be acclimated to a region.

We weren’t sure we were going to survive our introduction to Texas weather, it being too hot to do anything we were used to—walking to the library, walking…anywhere. It didn’t help that it was one of the hottest summers on record! We had moved in with my paternal grandparents initially, and as is the right of aging grandparents, the thermostat wasn’t set very low. Just a week or to in, I remember staying up nearly all night with my family, waiting for the temps to drop enough to open the windows and let “real air” come in. It never happened. What kind of place was this, that the “cool of the day” happened at 6 a.m.?

Well, so-many years later and I’ve spent some of the best mild, May days in the yard this past weekend, weeding and planting and cleaning closets… OK, so spring cleaning is not one of my favorite things, but the rest was pretty great—sunny days with a nice breeze, the smell of gardenias and roses and freshly cut grass.

And as idyllic as this sounds, and as grateful as I am for the great weather, I still had opportunities to work at being thankful through it all. It’s as though one has permission—a free pass—to complain about things like the air conditioning being out. Fill in the blank, and you have any number of things that allow for griping. I had to catch myself from giving in to it a few times. Yes, it’s a hassle. And a huge expense. But more than a in-the-grand-scheme-of-things perspective, those little gripes and whines are seeds that take root in the subconscious and create an attitude for all the small moments in life. And lately I’ve been wondering…what if I didn’t have permission to complain?

The windows will soon close this evening, as another set of storms is scheduled to roll through (another one of the wild things I kinda love about this area). Which makes me grateful again that the A/C is fixed, after all.