A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend one of my friend’s son’s birthday parties. He was turning four years old, and the party was supposed to be an outside party. His birthday was in the middle of the summer, though, and when I arrived for the party, I was quite taken aback by the heat outside! The temperatures were at least in the mid-90’s! I thought regretfully of my cold A/C in my car. I had not appreciated that A/C like I should have! The birthday boy and his friends were happily playing on a swing set, and all of the adults were hiding from the heat under a large awning. I made it outside for as long as I could, but when I went inside the house to use the restroom, I noticed that a few of the parents and friends were sitting inside, in the air conditioning, watching football. There was no way that I was going to go back outside just then when air conditioning was right there. I went to the restroom, then sat inside until the cool air conditioning had cooled me off. The other parents inside and I felt a little guilty for not going outside to the birthday party, but honestly, we were about to die of heat exhaustion outside. I even had the added excuse of not having a kid to watch outside! Right then and there, I made a determination to keep all birthday parties in the summertime either inside or at a pool or beach. It makes no sense to make people suffer without air conditioning in such hot weather.