Sometimes the Texas sun gets so hot in the summer that recess can’t happen on the playground. The plastic slides steam, waiting to burn the first pair of uncovered legs to plop upon them. The metal chains that suspend the swings are too hot to even poke. On these days, recess happens indoors with coloring books and heads up seven up. Summer hangs around like an overeager friend for so long that on one of these days when I was 8 we had an indoor recess right before the college football season started.
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