Thursday, August 4, 2011
We lived in a tiny little house on Abrahams Path in Amagansett where my husband's grandparents had lived. The house was small, but big enough for us with two bedrooms, and the property was very small as well. The house had no air conditioning, of course, but I was working full time so I truly appreciated the cool office I got to go to every morning. Weekends were difficult as the neighbor next door would start the lawn mower ever Saturday morning at about 6am and mow about 10 ft. from our open bedroom windows.There would be no sleeping in on the weekends!
I still remember the wedding we attended in the middle of August that summer. The temperature was near 100 degrees - the heat wave of the season - and the reception was outdoors in the groom's parent's back yard. There was very little shade but I managed to make use of it. The wedding took place at noon and the church was cooking. I remember all the details! I wore a long black floral print cotton dress but nothing could be cool enough on a day like that. I remember people coming after me with chairs everytime I stood up and walked across the yard at the house. Every woman at the party looked at me with pity.
The best thing about those experiences is they make us so much more appreciative for the luxuries we have. Everytime I turn on the air conditioning in my bedroom I think about that summer and how miserable I was. And I thank God for the cool night ahead when I'll be able to sleep comfortably. I may not be pregnant, but I'm old and I get very cranky when I don't get my sleep.
The past few weekends have been pretty comfortable and this week especially nice. This morning its cool and comfortable here in my living room with the windows opened.
Life is good. And I'm grateful for the small gifts.