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Sweat it out, I say

July 19, 2011 - Per Peterson
There’s nothing wrong with a little sweat. That’s the message I’m trying to teach to my daughter. The message isn’t really on the benefits of sweating as much as it is a lesson about being able to live without relying on certain luxuries of life. We don’t have central air in our home. Don’t even have an air conditioner. We open windows. While some of you might think that’s got to be some form of child abuse, I disagree. It’s my hope that she will grow to appreciate things more later because she might not have as much now. She, I hope, is learning that having a fan in her room is enough to get her by. I’m not twisted, and I recognize the fact that it’s brutally hot and sticky out, but it’s my belief that our society has gotten way too spoiled with luxuries. I’ve spent the last couple of nights sweating myself to sleep, but I still wake up the next day, no worse for the wear. This is not to say that kids who grow up with central air or the best computer or entertainment center are spoiled. They’re not. They just have more than other kids. I often tell my daughter “back in the day” stories when certain issues arise. “Back in the day, they didn’t have air conditioning,” or “Back in the day, they didn’t have TVs or computers and kids had to use their imagination to keep themselves busy.” I don’t know if they sink in or not; I guess I’ll have to wait until she gets older to see. In the meantime, we’ll muddle through this heat wave by trying to have some fun with it — sharing the ice pack to put on our heads, spraying cold water on our heads in the kitchen sink, that sort of stuff. Eventually, the heat will break. And maybe, just maybe, my daughter will have learned a lesson. If not, I’ll buy her a bigger fan.


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