All summer long, my niece has wanted to go out on the ski boat with us. And all summer long – while we had extended stretches of hot, dry weather – her work schedule conflicted with ours.
Being a single mom, working full-time, and going back to college – two classes this semester – creates a tough schedule for her. I’m very proud of her!
Finally, on Tuesday of last week, she was off, so I took off early and we headed to the lake.
For those of you not familiar with Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, they are a couple of the least-appreciated treasures in our area. I grew up around these parts, but never really enjoyed the beautiful lakes that are just 20 minutes away.
We enjoyed the late afternoon on the lake – the First Mate, my niece, and her 6-year-old daughter who takes to water like a fish! The sky was clear and the air was warm. But when they jumped into the water, the report came back, “It’s a little chilly!”
As we headed back to the marina – looking full into another beautiful sunset – I noticed the wind had an unfamiliar chill to it. The temperature was dropping into the lower 70s. It was then I realized that the long, hot summer of 2012 was just about over.
Those who know me will vouch for it when I say I have a very narrow window of comfort. 100° is okay; I can tolerate heat pretty well. 80° is great. But at 75°, my body starts to tense up – right at the edge of uncomfortable – and I opt for something other than the Hawaiian shirts I wear all summer. At 70° I put on a jacket and spend more time gazing dreamily at tropical scenes on my computer screen.
Today is Monday. It’s 72° and raining outside.
Summer is almost gone.