Summer to Americans is all about being out, basking in the sunshine, chilling at the pool, at the beach or at the lake while getting a nice golden tan (which is more like red as a lobster if you’re caucasian). Of course, to those with children, its all about the grand summer vacation: road trips, Disneyland, Hawaii, Mexico, etc.
To me, summer is all about hiding in the shade, enjoying the comfort of air conditioning with an ice cold glass of water in hand. Maybe I’ve had my fair share of sunshine coming from a tropical archipelago and the arid city on sand or, I can’t say it enough, but summers in Texas are DAMN HOT.
Hotter than Dubai? Of course not silly. I don’t think that anything could top that…for now. But the Texas heat was not as hot as I’d imagined.
I’ve always thought that North America remained cooler throuhout the year. Literally. If a country experiences the bitter winter cold, then summers aren’t supposed to be bad. I imagined North American summers to feel Baguio (the “summer capital” of the Philippines, nestled up in the mountaineous region of the North) in the summer. Sunny and still cool enough not to break a sweat during the day and cool enough to wear a light sweater in the evenings.
But here in Texas, summers so hot (with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius) that I cannot bear to wear any form of long pants…even in Church where you are preferably dressed conservatively and yes, even in the evenings too, when I do expect a nice cool down in temperatures. Texas summers are for wearing your shortest and most light weight shorts ever.
Plus, apart from not wearing long pants, I also cannot bear to wear any form of closed shoes – ballet flats, boots, sneakers and the like. Oh, especially if you need to wear socks with those shoes. Ugh. Texas summer heat means cachicas (i.e. sweaty, smelly feet). Yuck. Don’t ask me about what cowboys and cowgirls feel about wearing their leather boots in the peak of summer. I’ve always wondered if they worry about cachicas.
How do Texas summers feel like? You will feel like a bloody piece of steak searing on a cast iron pan, melting away. The sky, without a single speck of feathery clouds, is a beautiful flawless blue, which makes the sun’s rays extra powerful. It is hot and humid, which I do find strange because our corner of Texas is landlocked. I’m no weather expect, but I associate humidity with the seaside. I guess you can experience high levels of humidity without being near huge bodies of water.
The summer sun can zap all of your energy from you. You will feel drained after less than an hour under the sun, especially during peak hours between 3-5PM. Yup, high noon, 12NN-1PM, isn’t the must avoid time here. I already feel so tired describing the Texas summer. Ugh.
But since today is the last day of summer, I say goodbye to all of that. Whew!
I am so looking forward to the cooler months. Autumn, here we come!