When I said that summer had been switched on, I wasn’t joking.
Last week I was carrying cardigans everywhere with us. Yesterday we got a visible tan through layers of sun cream at 6pm! It was/is so hot already that at a certain point in the afternoon I felt delirious. No matter how much I drank and how still I tried to remain, I was sweating bucketfuls (sorry for the image) and the much dreaded heat-induced headache made a comeback.
If you’ve been visiting this blog long enough, you’ll know I detest summer on these islands. However, I am determined to take another shot at embracing the sweltering heat this summer and making the most of these days, if not for me then for the kids. The most I managed yesterday was to take them out for an ice cream and a few minutes of playing on the beach but by then it was practically bedtime and Maia still has to go to school in the mornings.
The more summers I live through as a parent, the more I’m reminded of my own childhood summers spent entirely by the water’s edge. All I wanted to do was to swim underwater, collect shells and sea urchins and chase the octopuses (octopi?) hiding under the rocks on the seabed. Now I find myself trying to explain to an eight-year-old that the sun is too dangerous before 5pm. It makes me sad to think that today’s children are missing out on so much because of the changes in climate.
We have to find a way to work around it, even if it means invading my sister’s pool on a daily basis (ha! I’m joking, sis! Maybe.).
On a different note, Robin had another follow-up doctor’s visit at hospital this week and she’s finally off the inhaler! It’s a trial but I think she’ll do well without it. What this means in practical terms is that she will most probably outgrow her breathing problems, like many of you suggested when she was ill last year. She has also gone from 15kg to 13.4kgs and we can now see her ribcage. When I expressed my concern to the doctor, he burst out laughing and pointed at her growth chart. She’s still on the 90 percentile for height and weight. And there I was thinking she was underweight.