The Midwest is steaming hot, hot, hot. We are experiencing record-breaking temperatures this summer and little rain creating a number of problems for farmers and consumers, some of which we have yet to realize.

Emotionally I feel better when I can perceive things in a positive light. So here are some of my brighter thoughts on the unrelenting heat:

  • Siestas are necessary.
  • There’s no snow to shovel.
  • Less clothing is acceptable.
  • It’s too hot to work too hard.
  • It’s a good summer to relax and read.
  • Peaches are smaller but much sweeter.
  • It’s OK to sweat because everyone else is too.
  • Kids are enjoying lots of sprinkler and pool time.
  • Most of us are fortunate enough to have air conditioning.
  • All that water we should drink is more refreshing than ever.
  • Museums and libraries are cool and educational places to spend a hot day.
  • Air conditioner repair technicians and lemonade vendors are getting overtime.
  • When it’s too hot to go outside our chances of sunburn and skin cancer is reduced.

What cool ideas can you add to this list?

©Mary K. Doyle