When my former neighbors’ great-grandson learned that his grandmother grew up in a home without air conditioning, he bombarded her with questions: “How on earth did you keep cool?” Listening to her explanation reminded me of my own childhood experiences dealing with hot summer days. She told the 11-year-old that the nearest thing her family had to an air-conditioner was a shady spot beneath a weeping willow tree.
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