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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
It always feels as if life is beginning over again in summer, doesn't it? And yet, summer and I have never been the best of friends, despite the fact that I have a summer birthday. I grow cranky during hot humid days and am unable to stay out in the sun too long without a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen because I am prone to headaches otherwise. I sound like a barrel of laughs, don't I? Someone you'd like to spend a hot summer day with?
My friend Karen wrote a lovely post today about her summer intentions on her blog, Pumpkin Sunrise. Her post inspired me to try to look at summer through a kinder light, to try and make friends with my birthday season. After all, there are many wonderful things about summer:
- longer days
- fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes so ripe and sweet that they can be eaten like fruit...oh wait, they are fruit. :)
- afternoons spent under shady trees, sipping iced tea and reading a good book
- mornings out on the kayak, paddling amongst herons and egrets with beavers paddling nearby
- the occasional trip to the ocean
- lobster rolls and blueberry pie
When I think about it I realize that New England is a pretty special place to be during the summer and I should take better advantage of it. So, as spring winds down and summertime nears I've decided to list a few intentions of my own:
- explore more, whine less
- take the kayak out at least once a week.
- paint outdoors
- go on early morning walks with the Popster, while the air is still cool.
- eat more fruits and vegetables (we joined a CSA this year and I can hardly wait pick up our first basket of veggies!)
- have more salads for dinner
- become skilled at barbequing so that I don't have to cook indoors
- pick strawberries and blueberries and make homemade jam.
- be more diligent about tending my flower gardens (I tend to become neglectful come July and August)
- be thankful for the sun and the beauty that surrounds me
- enjoy lazy days with friends and family
Summer is a time to chill, to move at a slower pace. Crisp mornings, languid afternoons, sultry evenings. What would happen if I embraced it rather than battled it?
How will you be spending your summer? I'd love to know...