1) I'm glad I live in the present time. As hot as it's been this summer, I can't imagine having to wear long skirts and several layers of underclothing every day, let alone not having air conditioning, electric fans, and swimming pools. And can you imagine how people must have smelled back when there was no such thing as deodorant and regular bathing? YEECCCHHH.
2) I've decided that the only real downside to summer is that there are children here. No family, no matter how much they really love each other, should be together 24/7, which is why God invented jobs and the public school system.
3) I've also decided that hot dogs and hamburgers aren't worth eating unless they're cooked on an old-fashioned charcoal BBQ grill. None of those expensive, state-of-the-art gas grills for me: give me some cheap meat, a $60 Smokey Joe, a bag of Kingsford briquets, and a generous splash of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, and I'll produce food that tastes like Heaven.
4) The older I get, the less I care what I look like. So what if I'm an overweight middle-aged woman: I refuse to be embarrassed by wearing shorts and a tank top to the river. (I draw the line at bathing suits though; I still have SOME dignity left.)
5) Summer is far too short to rush through. No matter how hot it gets, a part of me never forgets that the dark and the cold will return all too soon.