Letter from the President: Love, hate and heat

I have always had a love-hate relationship with the month of July.

I love that it’s the last, full “slow” month for the CYCA before things gear up for the CY Festival & 4-Miler. I hate that there always seems to be an abundance of lost and found dogs in the area to make up for the seasonal lull. I love that this year the CYBA is hosting a Red Hot Summer in Cooper-Young and booking live music every Wednesday night at the Gazebo.

I hate that I will have to enjoy that music looking like I went swimming in my clothes prior to arriving. I love that we will again host our family-friendly, CY Fourth of July Parade at Peabody Elementary. I hate that my stepson is now too cool to appreciate how fun it is to decorate our bikes patriotically, climb on a fire engine and play with bubble wands in a parking lot … and then there’s the heat.

Speaking of the heat, my pitiful attempts at jogging with my dog, Cooper, have turned out to be a great way to get out there and interact with my community. My plans to slim down my post-divorce blubber-butt include taking Cooper on last year’s 4-Miler route after work a few days a week. Keeping in mind that my face turns beet red in temperatures over 82 degrees, seeing me huffing and teetering dizzily down the street can be a scary thing for those unfamiliar with my routine. I have met a number of lovely residents that have brought me water when they found me laying in their yard with a confused dog tethered to my arm. I’m always sure to introduce myself and ask if they are CYCA members and if they read the LampLighter.

At least three people along my route now have my name and address in case my body turns up on their block. If that’s not being a good neighbor, I don’t know what is.

– June Hurt

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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