I have had a wonderful summer so far. I am a teacher so I have had the summer off and I decided not to use air conditioning. I know this would sound abhorrent to most people. I have kept it off until recently when it turned really, really hot. I have loved it. I have heard the birds and the insects and the tree frogs. I have used my fans to feel the breeze. I am so aware of the outdoors and indoors and I have felt completely connected.\
I started to realize that loving all the sounds of the cicadas and tree frogs and katydids goes back to my childhood. I grew up on a little farm in Virginia and we didn’t have air conditioning. I was really pretty much a feral child, spending time in the woods and swamps. This contentedness also happens when I ride my town bike. I get this feeling of freedom and timelessness that escapes me when I am in my everyday working world all nice and tidied away with the air conditioning on.
Which, by the way, is most definitely on today since it is like 99 degrees outside. But it was fun while it lasted.
Debra Wuliger, figurative artist working with color, texture and pattern to celebrate life.
Image silhouetted with story. Ready for hanging.