Summer is here, hot and sultry!
I have had a love-hate relationship with summer. Having grown up in South Florida, summer meant blistering heat, horrible humidity, and lovely complications such as heat rash. There’s your delightful visual for the day! People went from air conditioned cars to air conditioned homes to air conditioned offices – much like people in the north do in winter, but without ice and salt trucks.
But summer does mean freedom, in many ways. Freedom from darkness, freedom from cold, freedom from work for many, such as teachers and students. In Florida, summer even meant freedom from tourists!
Now that I live in western New York State, there is freedom from winter. Something I never fully appreciated until I moved here. I see much more of the wheel of the year when you actually have seasons. On summer solstice, the forces of light are as strong as the days are long.
So, celebrate the summer, the long days and the healthful heat. Enjoy the seaside, light a bonfire, and let your cares fall away!
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