At 9AM it was 85°F, with an anticipated high of 97°F. At 10AM we had a Little League game. A perfect baseball day, with cloudless skies, but that sun is brutal today.
We played our couple innings, with increasing grumpiness from our players. Early and hot and pushing lunchtime isn't, while forced into baseball uniforms, doesn't seem to be the kiddo's favorite way to start a day. As our game wrapped up, and quickly because both teams had some absences, the other team pressed for one more inning. We probably had the time, but we didn't have the attitude, including from all of the coaches. So we pulled our team from the field, and they used the time to do a little more practice.
After the game, the kids played at the park. We joked how it was funny they didn't have the energy for baseball, but they had plenty to climb ladders and slide down poles. The parents huddled in the park's gazebo and caught up after so many months of not being able to casually connect. "Did you get vaccinated?" was a common question, sometimes with a "when?" follow-up. Everyone is, or some lied, and so the casual and comfort shot up quickly. We, sometimes it seems more than the other parents, are still concerned about the kids, as most or all of them are under 12, so don't have vaccination options yet. Most of the kids are together in school, so we grinned and caved, and let the kids mob and chase each other around.
As other families waned and families departed the playground, we finally talked ours into going to get some brunch. We learned the kids didn't really eat breakfast, as they sometimes do on the weekends, before we wandered downstairs this morning, so they were running on steam and most of a cup of (weak) hot chocolate they made instead of breakfast. We thought to try our local pub for brunch, as they have good, covered, outdoor seating, and a decent selection of breakfast foods late. It turned out they had some problems with their order system, so it took a little longer to get our food after we ordered, but the waitress kept everyone's drink full, brought some popcorn to munch on, and the weather was great under the tarp. The blacktop (their tarp is on part of their parking lot) started radiating a but, but the wind would shoo away the hot before it became unbearable.
We spent a couple hours at our lazy brunch, and all attitudes swung back to happy once food was delivered and consumption began. We agreed that we should probably get inside and hide before we melted, and decided on some inside chores. Especially for those of us sunburned yesterday. Now that we're home though, chores seem to be a little less important than staying comfortable. We'll see how it plays out.