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Living On A Tropical Island

I came to the conclusion yesterday that it’s a GOOD thing I was born in Manhattan and not on a tropical island. I am not the type of person that could be productive in such heat. For three days in a row, the sun and I have fought a hopeless battle. I succumbed each time the heat got too strong.

It’s almost like a fog that encapsulates me and sucks me dry of all energy.

Think of Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ running through the poppy field. It’s all so beautiful. She wants to absorb it all. She’s so excited to be there – but there is something out of her control. Some unseen force that brings her to her knees until she just sleeps. The snow is the only thing that wakes her.

What POWER. Tropical islands have such humidity that it’s almost impossible to resist. This is is the first time I came somewhere like this with the kids. All my prior vacations I never really noticed how often I napped because it really didn’t matter. This trip, however, one of us had to be awake because the children were swimming in the pool and needed help.

I tried to fight it. I tried to resist, but it was just impossible. My eyes got heavy. My breathing slowed and I drifted into a sweet slumber each and every time the sun felt like taking control of the day.

I relived this about 3x a day since arriving to Puerto Rico. No exaggeration.

If I lived here, I would do NOTHING. The drive I have back home – the GO GO GO that I constantly feel – didn’t make it off the plane and is probably waiting for me at the airport.

A few more hours on this island and then we are all heading home. What a relaxing place to visit!!

Have do you do in extreme heat and humidity? Bill played with the kids in the pool for HOURS while I drooled on my over-sized towel and chair. LOL.  I am most certainly a North-East kinda girl.

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  1. I noticed when we were in Puerto Rico that the climate was very similar to where we live in the Houston area. And now that the weather is turning here (Spring is SHORT, Summer is LONG), I have to confess, we sort of hibernate for months and months during the extreme heat and humidity. It’s just so oppressive (as opposed to relaxing). 🙂 We’ve joked that we think the heat is the reason houses are so big here – because you spend 7 months a year hunkered down in them! 🙂

  2. See I’m the complete opposite! I love the sun, the heat and humidity! It makes me immensely happy and energetic, while the cold/ snow makes me want to hibernate and not step foot outside.I’m kind of like a sunflower, I relish the sun, lol. I’m so ready for summer and summer clothes!! 🙂

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