Dog Days... How About Cat Days?

Looking for childhood relief from the Summer heat.

It's been a while since I've written a blog. No real reason, as I have a lot to say about a lot of things, but maybe its just the humid, demotivating weather.

When you go from A/C inside your office or your car, out to the humid air, it just drains every ounce of passion or thought-provocation that I have. Can't help it.  It seems that as I've gotten older, I don't deal with extreme weather like I used to as a youngster.

Remember when you were off from school during the summer months, and even if it was stifling outside, you just put on your swimsuit and ran around under a sprinkler in your backyard.  I'd spend the entire summer in that suit (that sounds icky doesn't it?), and just enjoy my neighborhood, wait for the ice cream man to come through and find that cool refreshment with ease.  Run around at night chasing fireflies and capturing them in jars to light the dark of my bedroom.

I don't think kids take summer heat the same way anymore.  They're looking for something more exciting, I'm sure, something gadget-worthy, a pool with an app for that!

I'd be happy going back to my childhood and run around my backyard through the sprinkler.  But, at 57, I don't think the neighbors would be all too happy about that scene.

Who cares?  In these Dog or Cat days of summer, I'll just wait here for the ice cream person and hope I can afford a sky blue popsicle.

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Malinda Moore July 29, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Nice thoughts. The world is much too fast paced these days. From what I've heard....... In years past, it didn't take much if any money to enjoy yourself inside or outdoors, except just a little for the Good Humor man like you said. Neighbors who had a little more money had the Charlie Chip truck deliver a weekly tin of potato chips to their home. The milkman came more often with the heavy glass bottles that your parents had to retrieve before anyone devoured the cream off the top. Board games were fun and camping in the back yard in a tent with friends was an adventure. An occasional tree fort was also a lesson in design and engineering. People tended to make their own entertainment back then, unlike now days where some children sit around and expect others to entertain them. I guess change is inevitable but wish children today realized what they are missing. What they are doing today will be their good old days when they are older. Can't image what things will be like then.
meowkats4 July 29, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I grew up living in the city (New York) a short time then moving to the country (CT). Yes, those dog/cat days never bothered me because in New York they would open the fire hydrants or we went to a neighborhood park that had sprinklers. Most of my childhood was spent right here in Connecticut in the country, we would cut through a cow pasture and go to the swimming hole. Yep that was the water hole dammed up by the farmer for the cows to drink from (it was fed by a stream). Hot nights we would have a dinner of sandwiches/salads, because it was too hot in the house to turn the oven on. No one had air conditioning back then either, it was just a fan in the window or a floor fan blowing the air around. After dinner we would either head back to the water hole or catch some pollywogs in a pond. When it got dark we would catch firefly's! Yes, we entertain ourselves all summer long without going anywhere to spend money!
Malinda Moore July 29, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Kathy: With progress and population growth, someday Connecticut may be the future NYC and to have similar enjoyment you'd have to go to Maine or Canada. Now days the trend is to do less with more. I couldn't agree with you more about having more fun with less in days past. Great memories. The only consolation with this current high tech generation is that you'll know what time period to program in your time machine once they invent it. !
Heidi Cleveland July 29, 2012 at 05:19 PM
My Mom would go out on the back porch from our second floor apartment and yell for me to come in for dinner. Then I would go out again to play before the street lights came on.
Malinda Moore July 30, 2012 at 12:28 AM
How time flies, according to Google: In 1956 a solar powered wrist watch was invented, 1957 a 184 pound satellite was launched by the Russians named Sputnik 1, duck & cover air raid drill in schools, 1958 the first plastic Coke bottle appeared, black and white TV in most homes, color TV in some all with antennas for local stations only, AM transistor radios to take your music to the beach, later 8 track tapes for your car, Texas Instrument had a very large calculator that would only add, subtract, multiply or divide, considered cheating by schools, Pong video game later, rotary dial telephones. Now that was all very high tech back then.
Mary Jane Dunlop July 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Hey Joyce, good to see your blog here! My favorite was the sky blue pink popsicle, too! We used to walk (yes, walk - I never asked a grown up for a ride to the corner or across town for that matter) - to Westown Pharmacy to get those delicious treats! I think I paid a whole 20 cents!
Joyce Hodgson August 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Hey Mary Jane! Thanks for reading, and I'm excited to see you soon!! Gotta love that Westtown still exists . . . might be different owners, but the corner drug store is still there. Can't say that about a lot of them these days!! Take care! Joyce
Joyce Hodgson August 02, 2012 at 07:15 PM
you're so right Malinda! It's hard to turn back time, but when we start remembering, we do that on our own with our families and friends, and then maybe it grows from there. When we have electricity outages, it forces us to think differently. Just think of what India just went through. If we don't start thinking smartly, we'll be in the same predicament. Be well, Joyce
Michiel Van Kets August 27, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Hi Joyce, it’s funny how you brought up that you are able to tolerate the weather much lesser as you grow older. I feel exactly the same way. Old age just seems to take the fun out of most of everything! Hot days are definitely unbearable on top of a hot flash! Arthritic joints are more painful in cold weather. I guess you can still do most of the things you did when you were younger, but to a much more restrained degree! We definitely cannot run around the pool, but just “amble” around would be good enough, lest you slip and dislocate a hip!
Joyce Hodgson August 27, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Michiel, I do not feel better . . . . dislocate my hip - yikes! That takes on a whole other conversation about the fact that I don't have health care! No running for me, or jumping, or hopping, or . . . . life is such fun. Joyce


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