How to beat the heat? Be more kid-like

I drove along a street in South St. Paul yesterday on the way home from work when I spied my past.

A family had set up a lawn sprinkler in the front of their apartment. A swimsuited kid, maybe 4 or 5 years old — maybe older — was taking his first run through it. If I’d had a camera, I’d be showing you what heaven looks like.

It’s hard to be mad at a heat wave when it gives a kid that kind of moment.

Long before we become old Minnesotans complaining about the cold in January and the heat in July, we’re kids who find the weather wondrous.

That’s why this photo of a rainstorm this week, submitted by Caitlin Altendorf as part of the Grand Forks Herald’s gallery on weather-related photos, is like a gentle breeze from a Canadian air mass.

It’s also a reminder to be more of a kid today.

Photo: Caitlin Altendorf

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