“Summertime and the livin’ is hot, humid and salt free.” At least that is what I heard the teen-aged waitress say. So I tried to cover up my confusion with the one weather joke I can use when people complain it’s too hot in the summertime: “Who would have thought it would be hot near the end of June in Oklahoma?” But she was trying to cover up her embarrassment. “I can’t believe I said ‘salt free’ when I was trying to say ‘sultry.’” So it’s not just my hearing. She then went on to tell me that she could not wait to get off work because she had “a million things to do tonight” and she was stressing out about it.
I do not know which is worse: thinking one thing but saying another, or saying something you did not know you were thinking. Or is it saying the wrong thing when you thought you said the right thing, but it was the exact opposite of what you thought you were saying when you thought it. Maybe we are all under too much stress, and the heat of the summer just frazzles us quicker. And whatever happened to “summertime and the livin’ is easy?”
I guess I have to go back to the days of my childhood and youth, before my first summer job, to find when the livin’ was easy. Those were the days of swimming in the neighbor’s pool or in the neighborhood lake behind my uncle’s house. Those were the days of Scout camping trips, Vacation Bible School and family time at church. Those were the days for reading National Geographic magazines and adventure books like Treasure Island. Those were the days we played kickball in the street and came home for supper when we heard our names yelled down the block. (If you heard your middle name, it was too late.) It’s been a while since those stress-free summers. So how stress-free are the summers of our children and grandchildren today? Are they stressed because we are stressed and hot? Maybe we all need to read an adventure book, play with our friends, and go to church together.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Eat some ice-cream. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.