At least I was last night. Literally! Boy, did it feel good!
Last evening, about 6 PM, when the temperature inside the house was actually higher than the temperature outside, my husband turned on the sprinkler to give the back lawn a breather.
I was hit with one of those occasional breaks with reality that I have. I had an almost uncontrollable urge to play in the sprinkler.
I know it isn’t a crazy idea. You see kids doing it all the time. But I’m 55 – no longer a child, at least chronologically. But I do retain a strong streak of child-like wonder and sense of fun. Not childish, as in throwing a tantrum when I don’t get my way. But child-like, as in loving to play when the occasion presents itself.
Last night was one of those occasions. There I was, hot and sticky, dressed in shorts and a tank top with bare feet. There was the water, cold and falling like gentle raindrops. I couldn’t resist that urge to play and get wet!
The first few drops felt like ice dripping on my head and bare arms. They actually sent a shiver throughout my body. As the water waved back and forth, I got wetter and cooler. I got my husband to join me. He decided to do the “guy” thing – show off by running right over the sprinkler. He got quite a surprise as the water shot straight up from the sprinkler into the wide leg of his shorts. That really cooled him down!
We only played in the water for 10 or 15 minutes, then dried off and changed clothes. But that short time changed the rest of the day, as any playtime seems to do. The water had definitely been cooling. But the playtime had been mentally and emotionally refreshing.
So, even though it’s still hot and will be at least one more day, you’ll hear no more whining about it from me! Playing in that cold water helped me get back my sense of humor.
You should try playing sometime, if you haven’t done it in a while. It will refresh your life.
P.S. It doesn’t have to involve cold water.