Like clockwork on August first, DC started talking about the last day of camp, which I discovered last year really meant that he THINKS the last day of camp marks the end of summer and in his mind the air conditioners will be coming out.
Until last summer when he must have heard someone at camp call the last day “the end of summer”, DC was resigned to the fact that the air conditioners do not come out until late October or November. Just hearing one person say “Camp is over, Summer is over” has moved his expectations up for “air conditioner – free” living. And like last year, he was not happy to hear that there is some summer left after camp is over. Life was much easier when his expectations went to October (or November).
Is it hot in here or is it just me?
(Originally posted August 2017 on Take Another Step – Life with DC)
It was very early in August and I could not believe that DC seemed to be getting excited about the last day of camp as if he was willing it to be over. He loves camp and I did not understand why he wanted it to end so badly.
He started saying “This week, the last day of camp? Camp is over?” on Thursday the 4th.
I told him he had the following day and next week left.
“Next week, last day of camp? Camp is over?”
Yes, You went today and you will go tomorrow then Thursday and Friday next week. Next Friday is the last day.
I was confused because he loves camp so I tried to get him to tell me why he wanted camp to be over. Wasn’t he having fun?
“Yes, DC is having fun with my friends”
So I gave him a choice…
DC would you rather to to ARC (work) or Camp?
“DC want to go to Camp, see my friends”
Do you like camp? You don’t have to go if you don’t like it any more.
“Yes, like camp. Fun with friends”
Let me just break here to explain that although DC understands the seasons, he cannot always tell you that July is summer or September or October is fall. Summer is HOT. Winter is COLD – so if we happen to be in Florida in January, it is summer – in his mind. He knows the seasons and the months that go with them by memory, not by understanding. They do not always make sense to him and when he is not concentrating or has something else on his mind he goes by the weather, period.
This week he started asking me about the last day of camp again and added “Summer is over”.
I told him that camp would be over on Friday but summer would not be over for a few more weeks.
He looked very disappointed by that.
It was then, as he stood there staring at the air conditioner and looking forlorn about summer not ending on Friday, that I realized what was going on in his head.
Someone at camp must have mentioned the end of summer. DC got it into his head that summer was over on the last day of camp.
DC hates the air conditioner. He thought he would be getting rid of it earlier this year because he heard and believed that the end of summer THIS year would be the last day of camp.
He must have been excited thinking he would be getting a break earlier than usual. As per the conversation we had before someone mentioned camp being the end of summer – he was looking at October as the end of the air conditioning. No wonder he looked so disappointed when I told him there was still more summer ahead…
<From Facebook Status 8/1/17 (before his end of camp/summer assumption)>
I know the air conditioner bothers DC but I usually don’t hear about it after the first few weeks after it goes in (it went in, in April) – Today is August 1st aka #CalendarFlipDay and after flipping all of the calendars, DC said…
DC: My ‘Hair-dish-on’ out in October
DC: ‘Hair-dish-on’ out at Halloween.
Me: (wondering why he is talking about Halloween)
I don’t know what you mean.
‘DC: ‘Hair-dish-on’ FAN out at Halloween!
Me: Ohhhhhh, the Air Conditioner! October or November, okay?
(He’s hoping that the air conditioner is out by Halloween. He knows that removing the A/C is NOT a decision I make lightly or early.) I guess even though he might stop talking about it after the first few weeks after it goes in; it still bothers him.
He’s looking for the light at the end of the tunnel – and even if it’s two months away; he wants to know it’s coming.
I really do feel for him but I can’t take them out early. I can’t do it… I just can’t:
I can’t say “shopping for a bathing suit” is on my list of “Seven Things I Hate About Summer” because I just don’t do that….. haven’t owned one in years..
Number 1-7 for me THESE DAYS are:
1. IT’S HOT!
2. It’s too hot
3. Why is it this hot?
4. I can’t take this heat!
5. Holy S&%#! I am not going out there!
6. I AM ON FIRE!!
7. IT’S Too #$&%in’ HOT!
(you can pretty much count on hearing all of the above year round from me, though)
<Facebook Status >
DC: Mom, Fan, Flapping, whoo, Mom, Flap like bird.
(DC pointing out that my “I’m sweating to death” episodes include some of my very own “Flapping” …. Seriously, that’s kind of amazing that he’s made that connection…)
#IsItHotInHereOrIsItJustMe enough said…
<Facebook Status >
Dc wakes up in the middle of the night (yes, it’s 50 degrees and yes, I have both air conditioners running at the coldest temperatures) –
DC:”Mom! The Fan is Freezing!” – from the boy who never seems affected by heat or cold.
DC: “Mom! Turn it off!”
Me: “DC, I’m sorry but I can not do that. You will have to use another blanket”
I will do just anything for this child, except turn the AC off.
DC just came home from his Dad’s. It’s 9 bazillion degrees (to me anyway) so yes I have the AC on. He just came down stairs with his long pink and mauve pajama bottoms (the same PJs that he had to have in Niagara Falls), his big Doctor Who Robe, Doctor Who slippers and a stick on mustache. Who says we lack any fashion sense?
oh…. and the teal Cookie Monster shirt.
As you can see, this is not an issue that is new and does not look as if it will be resolved any time soon (unfortunately for the both of us)….
I am very soon off to bed armed with ice pack, my cooling pillow and the A/C set at “ultimate freeze” ~ Happy August. Here’s to looking forward to the “end of summer”.