It was an unbearably hot day, the kind of day that left me sweating profusely even as I stood perfectly still. The relief brought about by my fifth, maybe sixth cold shower lasted three minutes at most. At 4:30 p.m. the sun was still beating down ruthlessly. I planned to pick up the kids from school, drop off their stuff at home and head to the supermarket. There wasn't much at home to put a decent dinner together with.