We're having a heat wave here in Ontario Canada so what else have I been thinking about this week besides how humid and hot it is outside! That got me thinking about when I was a child. What was the weather like way back then? Did we have heat waves and how did we cope?
I know my family didn't have air-conditioning - did anyone back then?
|Old Storm Windows|
It was also difficult to open the windows and you had to wedge something either in the track (a think piece of wood) or between the bottom of the window and the sill (a book if one was handy) to hold then open.
I'm assuming the upstairs, where we kids slept, was hotter than Hades but I just don't recall. I'm also not sure when we finally got screens for the windows but we had them by the time I was a teenager.
Did we have fans? That's another thing I can't remember. We didn't have a lot of shade in the form of trees either so outside probably wasn't the best place to be either. We did have a lilac tree in the back corner of the backyard so that would have provided some shade.
I have a vague memory of the sprinkler being on and us kids running and jumping through it. But is that a real memory or wishful thinking! I'm not sure. Isn't it funny how some memories just won't come to you? I'm kind of hoping one or two of my siblings read this Sharing Memories post and comment. They're older than me and maybe they can remember hot weather better than I can.
Do you remember extreme summer heat when you were a child?
Update: My older brother phoned me to tell me that we did have screens, and that he was the one who had to put them up every spring and take them down every fall.