Summer’s Here, Y’all!

Summer arrived yesterday!  She always chooses the longest day of the year to make her appearance.  Some say that’s because she loves the spotlight. 

And why not?  She IS a hottie.  All the men in the neighborhood seem to be enslaved by her, as they suddenly appear in their yards, watering the grass, then mowing the grass, then watering it some more . . . only to have to mow it again.  All she has to do is turn on that sunny disposition and she has them at her beck and call.

As charming as she may be, she also has the somewhat irritating ability to force others to conform to her schedule during her stay.  Case in point:  I much prefer to take my daily walk no earlier than mid-morning, but Summer insists that I do it no later than 8:00 A.M. or not at all!  If I do not go along with her time frame, she knows how to make life miserable.

Although she does insist on her own way, she has such a radiance about her that I find it difficult not to like her.   She always brings fresh vegetables and a watermelon to the celebration of her favorite holiday on the Fourth of July.  Oh, and a huge bouquet of flowers from her garden!  What a sweetheart! 

I think Summer plans to stay with us for quite a long time this year.  I suppose I will have to adapt to her schedule and organize my activities to suit her whims.   Getting up and out early in the morning does have its perks — birds singing and all that.

On the evening of the Longest Day of the Year, I watched from my adirondack as dusk turned to darkness (finally) and fireflies played Marco Polo in the back yard.  Sipping my sparkling water and thanking God for a piece of good news from the day, I remarked to Summer, “Glad you’re here.”

After all, any day that begins with hummingbirds and ends with lightning bugs can’t be all bad.

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.  And it was so’ ” (Genesis 1:14).

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About Jan Hamlett

Exploring faith outside the safety of Sunday
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