A couple weeks ago, I got a call from my aunt Marie who lives in Evansville, Indiana.
She called because she would like me to come and visit her. While I grew up in the Midwest, I haven’t been there in a while. I went to college in the Southeast part of the country, and I fell in love with the area, so I stayed. I have visited my family a handful of times, but mostly for quick weekend trips. The last time I spent a week in Evansville was 9 years ago, when we had our family reunion. That was a lot of fun seeing all my aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members. Well, during that week, my aunt Marie wanted me to stay at her house. I didn’t mind staying there, except that she didn’t have central air conditioning. She had one window unit that was in her bedroom, which meant the rest of the house would be warm. Don’t get me wrong, she had fans in her home and they helped a bit, but that’s not very comfortable when you’re trying to sleep. I need to have air conditioning, especially when the weather is hot outside. Of course, my aunt was a bit upset when I opted for a hotel instead. But I needed to be comfortable when I slept. It all worked out because I had a great hotel suite near the Ohio River, and I invited my aunt to spend a few nights with me. She loved that the hotel had a pool, and I loved that it had air conditioning. I agreed to visit my aunt again, but I will book another hotel room.