My grandparent’s home feels like a sauna

I love going to my grandma’s house. She always has home cooked Italian meals and desserts waiting for us. Everytime I see her, she makes sure I know how much she loves me and I always have such a good time. That being said, it’s getting increasingly difficult to enjoy time there as she gets older. The older my grandma gets, the warmer she keeps her house. Last week, she had us over for a party. The temperature outside was in the eighties, but my grandma refused to run the air conditioning. There were about twenty people in her house, and she still wouldn’t run the a/c. My grandma kept saying that it would get too cold. Meanwhile, all of the guests were sweating! Eventually, I snuck over to the thermostat and turned on the air conditioning anyways. It took her some time to notice, but everyone else was so relieved to feel some cool air flowing throughout the house. In the winter, it is even worse. She keeps her heat on full blast the entire winter. At first, it feels amazing coming in from the outside. However, after about a half an hour, I find myself taking off layers and starting to sweat. I guess that when you get older, it just becomes easier to get too cold. I’m sure someday my grandparents will be saying the same things about me. Despite the uncomfortable heating and cooling settings, I still love going to visit my grandmother. When she’s gone, I’m sure the last thing I’ll think about is her heating and cooling preferences. In the meantime, I have become more strategic about wearing layers. I even carry a small fan in my purse when I visit. My grandma thinks it’s dramatic, but I think it’s crafty!

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