That word brings to mind hot bright sunshine, earlier mornings, longer days, lots of walking, plenty of cold drinks and crushed ice, lighter clothing, shopping more often, holiday trips, haircuts, the list is endless!
I consider myself really lucky to work from home, within easy reach of my refrigerator for something cold, and my kitchen to whip up a quick salad when those hunger pangs strike. It makes me smile to think of the fuss I make when we get closer to midday, when the tap water practically sterilizes everything that comes in its path.
When I travel down memory lane through a couple of decades, I marvel at the number of hours I spent out in the 48-degree-Celsius weather, happily going about my corporate job in sales and marketing. I absolutely loved it. In fact, my friends always had a good laugh at my appearance when we got together. Depending on the necklines and sleeve lengths I had worn the preceding week, my skin would show varying shades of tan. My feet were no exception. I loved a variety of footwear and went through pumps, strappy sandals and slip ons, and the striped tan on my feet told their own story.
Then, when I walk further back in time, I think of college days when the heat did not bother us at all. All that mattered was the company we kept. We roamed in the sun, much to the chagrin of our folks. My grandmother would actually ask, "Vidya, how come you are not outside? That sunshine is getting wasted, you know." And we'd laugh! I remember, if I happened to wear dark-colored clothing, I would return home with the fabric streaked with salt, which the heat had leached from my body with all that sweat.
Yet, I love the sun. I love summer. I've lived in hot and humid weather and I've lived in hot and dry, too. Today, even though we live in what is fondly referred to as the garden city, the good life has brought down my tolerance levels by several notches. The perks of working from home!
Over the years, I've created my own summer rituals and eagerly look forward to them.
And my mind is always filled with visions of crushed ice and tall glasses of cold liquid.
Welcome, summer! I may not have been a Girl Scout but I am definitely prepared!
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