Sleepless Summer Nights
PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN about life before air conditioning. On those very hot summer days and almost unbearable muggy nights, it was hard to keep cool. Whole families often gathered on the porch to drink tea. As the ice melted, droplets of water formed on the glass. There was nothing like a cold drink on a very hot day. Sleeping was different, too. People would routinely move their beds close to a window so they could feel the evening cool down. In rural areas, windows didn’t always have screens, making them inviting to some very interesting visitors. Our friend told this story about what happened to her brother as he slept on a hot night. A refreshing breeze began to blow when she and her brother went to bed. He slept soundly next to the open window. Suddenly, something woke him up. When the brother opened his eyes, he was eyeball to eyeball with the neighbor’s mule. He screamed, waking his sister. The mule had seen the open window and put his head through to investigate. Her brother never recovered from this faceto-face awakening with the mule. He still remembers it as if it has just happened!