Each year, I try to avoid particular things when summertime comes around. My parents typically ask us for our help around the lake house and I know they need our help, I hate doing it. This year, I felt guilty for saying no, so I agreed to help our parents prepare their backyard for the summertime season. My father asked me and others to help stain the pool deck and thought I would love being out in the sunshine all day. Of course I love to get a tan, although I was not happy about dripping with sweat in the heat. They have an a/c plan that barely gets used plus I was hoping this year they’d get it running before I offered our help. Sadly, starting up the a/c was not one of our parents’ top priorities this year. I was dreading the fact that I’d be staining the deck without the option to escape into a/c for a few minutes when it got too warm outside. Before, when I was living with them, I would make absolute sure they got the air conditioner up plus running before summertime began because I cannot sleep without it. Now that the children have all moved out of the house, they have no motivation to get the air conditioner up and running right away. Hopefully I can convince our dad to start up the a/c before I come over to stain because if not, it is going to be a long day for all of us.