Every once in a while, I have to stop and think about how fortunate I am to live in Vermont. There are so many things that I appreciate about this place. It would be incredibly difficult to try to enumerate all of them, but I will tell you a short story about one example in particular that made me very thankful to be up here in the Northeast.
Last week, I was in my yard gardening when I got a call from my brother. This was interesting, because we both have relatively busy lives and don’t have much time to talk to each other. He was calling to ask me what the temperature was like up here in Vermont. He lives in California, and in the summer, it can get quite hot down there. Anyway, I told him that there was nothing out of the ordinary here in Vermont; it was a sunny July day and the temperature was seventy nine degrees.
He about lost his bearings completely over the phone! He couldn’t believe how nice and temperate it was in our part of the country. He had called to tell me that it was ninety six degrees in California. To make matters worse, his air conditioning had just broken. He needed somebody to help him install new A/C units fast. I quickly jumped to a computer to help him find air conditioning Modesto. Luckily, there was a service that was not too far away from him. We looked up the number on the internet and made a quick call to see if they could come over right away.
However, as luck would have it, they were booked straight for the day. It seems that everyone’s air conditioning broke that day. This was definitely a bad coincidence, he told me. How unfortunate this was for my poor brother. They offered to send their furnace maintenance service, but we knew that this would just be no good. My brother hung up the phone. Later, he told me that they were hot and miserable for the rest of the day.
It was at that point that I realized how lucky I was to live in Vermont. It never gets crazy hot, and that is something that I definitely appreciate. I went back to my garden with a nice tall glass of lemonade, thankful that I didn’t have to endure some unbearable heat with a broken air conditioning unit.