It's hot. You're stuck at home -- a quick trip to, say, New Zealand, where it's the middle of winter, is not an option. Guess what? Some of us don't even have air conditioners. I have never lived in a house or apartment with full air conditioning.
After you retrieve your jaw from the floor and cease weeping for me, I'm going to share some secrets:
- I'm not the only one without AC.
- You can survive without it, unless you live in the desert. In that case, turn it on, but continue to read.
Some remedies for beating the heat are old-fashioned. Do you know what the first swimsuit looked like? Nothing! I'll let you get out of that what you can or care to. Ice is a chillingly fabulous thing too. Share it with your pets. This fall, paint your roof white or a light color. It's kind of like wearing a natty pair of white linen shorts and a crisp cotton pastel blouse -- it doesn't absorb the sun's rays. Wearing black is always cool, but only figuratively speaking. And these are just a few suggestions for cooling down. I've got plenty more.
I leave you with the wise words of Stephen Wright, whom I actually ate dinner with once (in a group), "If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?"
Retro family keeping cool: Getty Images