Sunscreen, deadlines, bugspray, black outs and sweaty nights. Here Tightrope authors share their memories of meltdowns as we head into the hottest part of 2012.
London, Ontario. In 1991, before my husband and I dated, I went to a party at his apartment in London, Ontario. We were in that awkward predating phase. It was very hot, and I was overheated and I guess my sweat stains were visible in my black shirt. When he finally came over to talk to me, he pointed at my shirt and blurted: “You have sweaty pits.
Tara Michelle Ziniuk
Toronto: July 2010. I was pregnant in the summer of 2010, which you may remember including an insane heat wave. In fact, I was in my third trimester, had started my maternity leave early and was living about a restaurant kitchen in an apartment with almost no air circulation. Giant windows that open an inch are so Toronto to me. People I have very platonic relationships with would insist on taking their shirts off when they came over. I’m smell-sensitive at the best of times and everyone smelled like death to me during that stretch.
Sarasota: March, 2011. I fell asleep to the whirring of an electric fan. By the time I woke up I and tried to say “Good Morning,” I discovered I had complete laryngitis. No sound. The doctor at the walk-in clinic said it was bronchitis. A blazing hot 87 degrees in Florida but I couldn’t stop shivering.
Needing a pen for basic communication; I wondered why I hadn’t learned sign language by now. And who would understand me, anyway? Lost, I retreated to a noiseless inner sanctum, a holy space for words on paper, words on paper. Words where they were meant to be, not floating in the sea air, lost forever.
Tarifa, June 2002: I was traveling with my friend Eshe, and we spent a lovely day on the beach. At the hostel that evening, I fell asleep and apparently started shaking…. A day of feverish chills and we were off to Grenada, where my fire-engine-red legs ached every time we climbed the long hostel stairs, but the sympathy of a lovely German boy made it less terrible.