Could it be that our heat wave is over? It has been one long, hot summer here, dry as a tinderbox. The only upside has been very little mowing. Our grasses have struggled this summer,and I am thankful I no longer have horses in need of winter hay, because the price must be sky-high. We’ve had rains now, and we’re only the the 90’s during the day, which is feeling like a cold snap!
But early last week, the heat was still on. I’d come home from work at 6 p.m. and my little car would still be registering over 100 degrees.
On one of those mornings as I traveled to work, I noticed that at 7:30 a.m. it was already near 90 degrees. My drive takes me along a four-lane, divided parkway, the two sides enclosing a wooded area which has paved pathways. In the mornings I see health-conscious folks out walking, jogging or skating there.
This particular morning, I spied a young mother in her exercise shorts and tank top pushing a stroller. Sitting upright, contentedly surveying her world, was a little girl who appeared to be eighteen months or so. Piled up on her stroller’s little tray and probably tucked around her was a fluffy, pink blanket.
All I could think was, “My goodness, that blanket must be hot at near 90 degrees!” But I remember well how important it was for my son to have his blanket wherever he went at that age. He, too, would have wanted it, no matter the temperature. I knew why this Mom did not veto the blanket on this hot morning—things would have gotten really hot in its absence!
I thought back over Son’s several comfort items: the blanket with the satin binding that I had to sneak into the washing machine. His two sock bunnies, one white and one brown (“Chocolate Bunny”). These were important to him, soothing and comforting.
Even as adults, I think we have continue to have comfies to ease the stress in our lives. I started thinking about some of mine:
- My dog. Chili is a great source of comfort. He is invariably delighted when I arrive home from work each day. He accompanies me from room-to-room. When I am home, he is my constant companion and a great comfort. I think petting him decreases my blood pressure!
- Pajamas. Not only are these physically comfortable, I think they are emotionally comfortable. When I pull pajamas on, it is like a signal that my stressful day is over and it is time to relax.
Do you identify with the little girl and her hot blanket on a hot morning? What comfy would you have even in the face of “heat?” What gives you comfort in times of stress? --C