By choice. Several times yesterday my kids begged to turn on the air conditioning. Surprisingly their dad, a fan of the appliance, said no.

    “All the windows are open,” he told them.

    They offered to shut them.

    My son had a fan in his bedroom already and turned it on. The ceiling fan in the master bedroom was pressed into service. Then out came the house’s remaining fans for other spots: the daughter’s bedroom, the living room, the office so the kids could have air blowing on them while they checked out a new online computer game.

    No AC. I wait all year for this weather and the chance to open up the house. No way was I going to sacrifice it for the same stale, stuffy feeling I get closed in at work.

    This morning brought more of the same, warm and only getting warmer, and I expect the same pleas to come.

    This time, we’ll resolve them at the beach.

    This post originally appeared on, the online home of the Midland (MI) Daily News. Republished with permission.

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