Growing up without air conditioning

I grew up with just about no form of climate control. We didn’t really need heat because I grew up in a predominantly hot climate, but air-conditioning certainly would have been nice. We just use fans, both ones that are overhead and portable. Every now and then we would open the windows and the doors for a nice cross breeze, but sometimes it was too hot to even do that. As a kid, I guess I acclimated well enough to such a lifestyle. Despite that, I did have one friend on the block who had air conditioning, and I took notice. Granted, all his family had were window A/C units, but they still made a much bigger difference than in my home. You may think it’s silly, but enjoying the air conditioning in his house is a distinct memory of mine from my childhood, simply because it contrasted so starkly to the way I lived at home. Air conditioning truly felt like a luxury. That is why I feel so utterly spoiled these days, living in my own home with a pretty fancy A/C system installed. I have never taken air conditioning for granted. If anything, my wife is the one that insists that I turn the thermostat down lower. I guess doing without air conditioning entirely for a good deal of my life causes me to be content with less of it than her. It just goes to show you how much more appreciative people can be of certain commodities and amenities when they are deprived of them for a long period of time.

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