I remember the summer of 1996 vividly. Killeen, Texas. Hotter than hot should ever be allowed to be. I was part of the marching band. Outdoor practices were typically scheduled in the early mornings or late evenings, but even then it seemed that the sun was our worst enemy.
Water was our best friend that summer – to drink, to pour over our heads, anything to quench our thirst and try to cool down. There were some newbies who didn’t yield to our warnings and skipped water breaks or chose to guzzle down energy drinks rather than water. Bad thinking. Dehydration is no fun and can be deadly. Thankfully, we had directors and advisers who knew the Texas sun was nothing to play with and kept a close eye on the students.
Often we take having clean and accessible water for granted.
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I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
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