Wow! Sometimes I am totally amazed at how compassionate people can be, and how much kindness there is in this world. And sometimes I am just disgusted! It is hotter than h^%% here right now – it’s a record breaking heat wave! People are posting things in my Buy Nothing group and in a neighborhood group I belong to, looking for fans, places to stay, etc. – anything to help relieve the heat.

I am in awe at the people who offer to take people in for a night or two. They offer people who they do not know and who have no way out of the heat a spot in their basement or on their couch. Some people offer to loan a second fan for the duration. People can be so nice. This really shows that there are still good people in this world!

And then there are the people who post things like “come on people, it’s much worse than this elsewhere, what is wrong with you?,” berating people for not being able to handle heat like they can.

What is wrong with those people? They seem to have no compassion at all! There are all kinds of reasons that people can’t handle the heat – for one thing, it is totally not normal to have this kind of heat where I live. I have lived in warm places. When I lived in Tucson, AZ, it wasn’t uncommon to have nights that “cooled off” to only 98 degrees! But I was decades younger than, and used to very warm Midwest  summers. Now I have lived in the normally very temperate Pacific Northwest for a very long time, and I have a disease which makes me unable to even function in this kind of heat.

I am happy for people who don’t have a problem with this kind of heat, but I am not happy that some of them find it okay to berate people who do. let’s please remember that thing our moms used to say: If you can’t think of something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

I sincerely hope that the compassionate people outnumber the rest in this world!

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