I don’t know if you’re aware of this but it gets really hot here in Arizona during the summer time. I mean really, really hot, 115 degrees hot. It doesn’t really bug that much though. After living here for a few years I’ve gotten used to it. No, really, I have.
There is something that does really stink about Arizona in the summertime…summer break!
Here’s the problem: While most of the country gets to send their children to school during their most horrible weather. We, down here in Arizona, get to have our children at home during our most horrible weather. My children get to stay at home and stare at me and wonder aloud how their mother is going to entertain them day after day after day after day. It makes a grown woman want to cry.
Frankly, it is too hot to send my children out to play so they spend most of their time indoors. We stay inside for the largest portion of the day and then as it starts to cool down in the evening we all tiptoe out to the pool chanting, “Hot! Hot! Hot!” and do our best cannonballs into the pool.
I’ve taken on 3 roles this summer: I’m Julie McCoy, cruise director to my oldest children, Isaac Washington, bartender to the youngest kids, and Gopher to the whole family.
As Julie my kids look to me to provide many varied activities for their entertainment needs. I’m not very good at this and the pay really stinks. The customers can get very belligerent if you are not meeting their needs.
As Isaac I spend my day getting drinks for the smaller customers. I think my job is trickier than the real Isaac’s. He didn’t have to put all of his drinks in spill proof sippy cups with all of their complicated parts and pieces. Maybe I should watch that Tom Cruise movie where he plays the bartender that flips drinks all over the place. That should entertain the older children while providing drinks to the younger ones.
As Gopher I’m just the all-around-girl for everyone. All day I hear, “I need… Can you find…Can I … Will you…”
The only role I really want to play is the actress who was always saying, “I want to be alone,” as she stalked out of the room. Don’t ask me to remember her name the heat around here is addling my brain.
[Associated radio.blog song: Sly and the Family Stone - Hot Fun In The Summer Time]