Each year, I try to avoid certain things when summer comes around. My parents always ask me for my help around the house and as much as I know they need my help, I hate doing it. This year, I felt oo guilty to say no, so I agreed to help my parents prepare their backyard for the summer season. My father asked me to help stain the pool deck and thought I would enjoy being out in the sunshine all day. Of course I love to get a tan, but I was not excited about sweating and staining in the heat. They have an air conditioning system that barely gets used and I was hoping this year they’d get it running before I offered my help. Sadly, starting up the air conditioning was not one of my parents’ top priorities this year. I was dreading the fact that I’d be staining the deck without the option to escape into air conditioning for a few minutes when it got too hot outside. Before, when I was living with them still, I would make absolute sure they got the air conditioner up and running before summer began because I cannot sleep without it. Now that the kids 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 my dad to start up the air conditioning before I come over to stain because if not, it is going to be a long day for all of us.