July 24, 2011


Many times in my life I have told people that I am so grateful to have been born in this time. I would have made a terrible pioneer because I need air conditioning. Oh, I dearly need it.

With the current heat wave, my heart aches for people (and animals, because I’m a softie) around the country that are suffering and even dying due to the heat. I am blessed. My house is cool and I have fans and ice.

Today we went to an action, and once I finished my shopping I came back to help Lloyd load his 40 monitors into our car. (Samith’s car, too. Thanks, Samith!) It was so. hot. Bleh. Bleh. Bleh. I was wearing The Outfit, and good thing I was wearing a skirt or people would think I had peed my pants. After standing in front of a giant fan to dry off we rode away in an air-conditioned vehicle.

On our way out of town we were behind a car that was stuck on the road. Lloyd, the guy and I pushed it into a nearby parking lot. (I didn’t really push much – I was in flip flops and I’m weak.) The old, beat-up car with the cracked bumper and peeling vinyl held this little family that just wanted to drive out to the lake where it was cool. They weren’t sure if they were out of gas (the gas gauge didn’t work) or if it was the engine. The mom smiled at me and said, “Well, it’s a 300-dollar car, so what do you expect?” They had an adorable 5-year-old boy named Junior who was smiling with his sweaty cheeks and had no idea how poor he was.

Lloyd and I drove to a gas station to get them some gas and some cold waters. When we got back they had some friends there, which made me glad. The gas didn’t do the trick, but that was about all that Lloyd and I could do.

So, I’ve been praying for them, and I hope you’ll pray for them, too. I hope that kid got to go to the lake, or at least run through a sprinkler.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Blessed”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I’ve been thinking the same thing lately. God bless air conditioning -- I’d really be hurting without it. And God bless you guys for helping people all the time. I’ll pray for those people too.


  2. Beth Said on:

    Well. Thanks for making me cry.

    I’m praying too.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Ditto on all of the above.

    And I too have wondered how pioneers made it without air conditioning….especially in those long dresses! I might have been ok in the winter, but in the summer, I’d be in the creek day & night.

    You guys are awesome!


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