Yesterday, I reminisced about my childhood and happy memories flooded my mind. Vivid recollections of summer days flashed in an out all day and I delighted in remembering how wonderful they were. What brought about these happy memories, is actually a bit sad.
I say “sad” because what prompted my happy memories was the weather. The last few days where I live have been gorgeous — blue sky, cool temperatures, bright sun and cool breezes. I’ve been relishing these few days, soaking up nature’s beauty and enjoying the picture perfect weather. As I savored the ideal weather, I recalled that this is how summer’s were when I was young — the days were sunny and bright and cool breezes rustled the trees, rushing over you and keeping you cool under the sun. Back in my youth, this type of summer weather was not the exception, but the norm.
Today however, days like this are indeed the exception. Now, a majority of summer weather is often hot, sticky and overcast. Even when the sun is shining, it’s oppressive and cool summer breezes are only found in memories of a time gone by.
I hesitate to even mention climate change, because the topic has been so politicized that its almost risky to mention it. But, mention it I will.
Last week, when talking to a good friend on the subject, my friend said “I really don’t want to talk politics right now.” Floored, I responded that climate change is not a political issue…it’s very much a science and nature issue. So, how did something that is all about fact and science, get politicized? I don’t know, but somewhere along the way, we allowed the issue to become one of “liberal vs. conservative” and this fact is having very detrimental consequences.
Today, the youth of the world see what is happening as “the norm.”
They don’t know what summers used to be like — for them, they’ve been raised in a time of extremes — extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, wind. Sadly, they don’t really have happy memories of carefree days spent outside with friends.
In my childhood, we were outdoors playing and swimming from dawn to dark. We didn’t worry about the extreme heat and humidity, because it didn’t really exist…and if it did, it was very rare. We didn’t stress over ticks and Lyme disease, because it was almost unheard of — in fact, in my entire life, I never had a tick on me…that is until recent years, in which it is now assumed you will find one on your body.
So today was a happy day because I am blessed to have had a wonderful childhood. My greatest worries were about silly things, like whether or not I’d be allowed to have ice cream after dinner that night. My friends and I laughed and played and frolicked…yes, frolicked! For isn’t that what childhood should be about? Shouldn’t it be about carefree days and restful nights?
Sadly, kids today have so much to worry about — the climate is changing, whether some people want to admit it or not. And with that change comes harsh weather, invasive bugs that carry dreadful diseases making their way into areas they would normally never survive, animals migration patterns thrown off track…and more.
So my happiness was twinged with some sadness today, because I wish that our youth could know the easier days of yesterday. Oh, and in case one of those young people should ask — my childhood was in the late 70’s – the 80’s, so really, not all that long ago. So yes, things have changed fast, but the truth is, not entirely for the better.
My positivity perspective on this topic is: its never too late to make a change and fix things — it may be hard, but it is doable. We just need to all agree to do it.
“The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery