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Take advantage of good weather while it lasts

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By Bryan Marshall

Hot weather and I usually do not mix.

As a teenager, my parents took us on a family vacation to Florida to visit some relatives.

It was blistering hot all day at the beach. Not being an ocean person, the sun simply glared on me the entire afternoon.

When it was time for lunch, I started feeling ill at Denny’s.

The group was sitting at a half-circle booth table with lucky me in the middle, which meant either half of the people had to get up to let me out or I had to crawl underneath the table.

Suddenly, I felt like I was going to get sick right there on the table.

Not a pretty sight for anyone much less people trying to enjoy a meal.

In a panic, I went underneath the table and barely made it to the bathroom where I regurgitated anything I happened to eat that morning.

When we got back to my relatives, it turned out that I had a gigantic, what seemed like a tennis-ball sized sun blister on my shoulder.

I thought that was my last day on this Earth.

My aunt took a needle, which scared me even more, and pressed it into the middle of the blister, creating a mound of puss.

I don’t know how I didn’t pass out.

The rest of the vacation I tried to steer clear of the sun as much as I could to avoid any further ailments.

The rest of my life I have never really enjoyed being outside when the temperatures got in the 90s or above.

For some people, they love to go out and play sand volleyball or golf or relax in a refreshing pool.

I’d much rather sit home on the couch with the air conditioner making me feel comfortable while I watch TV.

With the record-breaking temperatures of this summer, my bad attitude of not wanting to brave the sun continued.

I acted like I was a vampire who would be burnt to a crisp anytime my 3-year-old son suggested we go in the backyard and play soccer.

“Are you crazy?,” I would ask him.

“You’re too young right now, but when you get older you’ll soon realize that the sun is the devil and will bring bad things to your life.”

That may be an exaggeration, but you get the point.

My son, who’s obsessed with watching “Tom and Jerry” and any other cartoon, was more than fine to lounge with me inside and stare at the television.

But, as summer is winding down and we have had some gorgeous, not-too-hot weather the past week, I realize I have denied my son what could have been some memorable times.

When he is older, is he more likely to remember the time he sat with his old man and watched as Tom repeatedly tried to savagely beat a defenseless mouse or will he cherish the moments where we laughed together while he tried to steal a basketball from me?

My guess is the latter.

In the past week, I have attended an outdoor wedding, went on a three mile bike ride and enjoyed a family trip to the zoo.

All of this was a million times more rewarding than repeating the same boring pattern of inactivity day after day.

Summer may be ending, but hopefully we still have a few weeks left of this nearly perfect weather.

There is still time to get off the couch and head outside with your loved ones.

It may seem corny, but it will be worth it even if you don’t realize it until down the road.

Before long, the leaves will be falling and the cold air will be one more barrier that you can use as an excuse to not enjoy Mother Nature.

Long sleeves, a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate will entice you away from the frigidness of winter.

Now is the time to take advantage of the cool breeze and bright sun before everything becomes dreary and snow and ice cause havoc on the roadways.

Bryan Marshall is the staff writer for the Grant County News. He can be reached at 824-3343 or bmarshall@grantky.com.