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A Summer Sweet and Somber

The atmosphere feels different today, and I think I know what has caused it. Summer has reached it’s final chapter and I can already see the end. The air, the sky, the ground, they all feel different somehow. I don’t think I’ve ever loved summer as I do now, thinking instead I was a cold weather creature, more at home with thick sweaters and fuzzy socks, than flip-flops and shorts. But something in me has changed, and I’ve grown to appreciate summer much more now. Though it’s blisteringly hot most of the time, especially here in the desert southwest, I can’t deny the beauty of the summer season as it explodes with life. There is nothing quiet or still about these warm days. Whether it be squirrels causing a ruckus in the backyard, birds busily chirping, children laughing and playing in the evening, or the neighbor with the constant weed-whacker running in the background, the sounds of summer life are all around me. As we are nearing the end of this season, I wanted to take a closer look at some of the things that make this time feel bright, even on a dull day.

We can’t talk about summer without first considering the sun. For without it, there would be no such thing as summer. Without that particular tilt, during that particular time in orbit, we wouldn’t even have the chance to experience summer, be it good or bad. Without it, we wouldn’t even be alive today. And by the way, how does the earth know to tilt, and become warm? How does it know to change from summer to winter? There is something divine that occurs, which can’t be fathomed, no matter how many scientists or textbooks try to explain it. I find it no coincidence that the word sun, sounds an awful lot like the word son. If you think about it, the very earth is a representation of humans, and the Son of the Most High God. Without the Son, life could not exist. There would be only a great vast, nothingness. The giver of light, and life, are they both.

I’m not sure why, but summer gives me the sense that it has a tiredness about it. The days are longer than ever, and you might think that means more time than ever. But it’s the same twenty-four hour cycle, only rearranged a bit. Summer is so busy with work, and play, and there is never enough time fit it all. And hard work is only made harder by the heat, yet it must be done anyway. By the time the sun goes down, and coolness settles in, you’ll find that it’s gotten late, and the only thing you have time left for is sleep. So you drop heavily onto your mattress, brain and bones seeking a brief respite from the day’s antics only to be met with a familiar foe that plagued even the ancients. The foe I’m speaking of is, insomnia. I don’t know why it happens, but on my most tired of days, I feel like I’ve used up my energy and ability to even sleep. Shutting off the light, as I shut my eyes, sleep refuses to come. The hours of the night tick past, and morning arrives all too soon, or maybe not soon enough. I think during the summer people might become solar powered, because I don’t know where else I get all my energy, if not through photosynthesis– since much of the time it is surely not through sleep.

And yet another summer is passing without any special trip, or event to speak of. I’m not sure where this invisible pressure comes from for us to make it “big” during the summer. Personally I see nothing wrong with a slow summer. Even if you don’t go out on some big adventure, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the season in small ways. For instance, summer is not summer in my opinion, without at least one late-night trip for ice cream. And I’m happy to report that I’ve accomplished that feat, a few times actually. And it would be a grave travesty of me, if I claim to have done nothing special this summer. It may not seem extraordinary or special to someone else, but to me, this summer has been of great interest. For one thing, I’ve taken up tennis. I’m no good at it, but who cares? I have no intention of competing in Wimbledon, so what’s the big deal if I miss the ball a few hundred times? I’ve also ridden a bike, on a ten mile excursion. I’ve waded in the the river, and watched the glittery ripples glide past. I’ve gone swimming, and experienced the horrors of public pools. I’ve had outdoor movie nights with my family and friends, and indoor movie nights at theaters. Summer has been fun, even without any big events to attend, or spectacular trips taken.

Of course the season hasn’t been without some rough times too– sad times, hard times, and times I don’t really want to think about. But I guess that’s the way of things, right? The simple, joyful moments might not even be recognized, if not for the challenging times we experience, to remind us. Optimism does not come naturally to me, so I guess that’s why I make an extra effort to remember and appreciate the happy times. I strive to see the good in everything, even if that sounds impossible at times. It doesn’t take much effort to see the bad, and the wrong with the way things are these days. So I think the best thing we can do for ourselves, is to find joy in spite of all the darkness around us. I look at it as a small form of rebellion in the face of that darkness that attempts to squeeze and crush us all. It reminds me of a certain bible verse, about heaping coals of fire onto the heads of those who seek to cause harm. Maybe we all aught to keep that in mind from now on.

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So my friend, I hope your summer has been swell and I hope you’ve gotten lots of sunshine, and had an ice cream or two. I hope you’ve found joy, in the big things and the small ones too. And if there was anything special about your summer, please tell me about it. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,

Lady S

6 thoughts on “A Summer Sweet and Somber

  1. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MESAGE YOU BRING TO US.
    I LOVE YOUR LOVE OF THE SMALL THINGS. IF YOU ARE NOT THANKFUL FOR THE SMALL THINGS, THOSE B-I-G ONES WILL SUFFER.
    WE MUST START FROM THE BOTTOM AND WORK OUR WAY UP. IF WE START AT THE TOP WE MAY FALL OFF AND NEVER GET ANYTHING DONE….LOL….
    I LOVED YOUR WRITING AND YOUR MESAGE. ” MAY GOD BE IN EVERYTHING YOU SEE “

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  2. Ahhh I couldnt have said it better myself! I live for the summer! Life is practically bursting out of life itself! I think time passes so quickly durring the summer with all the new possibilities we dont have during the cold months. I live & work in an urban area and its still full of squirels, birds, ants(in overwhelming numbers), rabbits, and unlawful settlers! I have an unreasonable amount of tasks/adventures for the summer. I live the winter to prepare for the warmth! thank you for another refreshing read!

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    1. Yes, it’s crazy how even a little corner of your yard (or your house) just completely comes alive! And it does feel short-lived, but I guess winter helps us appreciate the longer warmer days even more.
      Thank you for stopping by! šŸ™‚

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  3. Ahhh, this is so beautiful, S!

    As somebody to tends to think of summer as an annoying combination of heat, flies, and long, sweltering days, I loved reading your different perspective. And so much of what you wrote really reflects what I’ve been trying to remember this summer…remembering to soak up all the warm air and sunshine before it’s gone, remembering to notice the flowers, and enjoy the fresh fruit, and the green grass and watch the clouds that are never the same any other season of the year. (at least where I live the clouds have been absolutely GORGEOUS this summer.)
    I just tried to have a more grateful opinion towards summer this year and all of a sudden, as August slipped away, I found myself honestly feeling a little sad that summer was leaving. And that like, NEVER happens to me. xD

    May I join you in your small rebellion? I’m not an optimistic person either but we can all try. This entire post, for instance, has inspired more optimism in me than a lot of things I’ve read lately.
    I just love this post, Lady S, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. <3<3<3

    (also YOUR PICTURES ARE SO BEAUTIFUL OHMYGOODNESS. ā¤ you live in a beautiful area.)

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    1. That’s exactly how I used to feel about summer, lol. I’m not even sure why I changed.
      Oh, and you’re so right about the clouds. They have been so big and fluffy, and my phone is filled with like 50% cloud pics at this point, lol.

      Yes, please join the rebellion! The more members the better. šŸ˜‰

      And thank you for reading, and taking the time to comment, it means a lot to me. And I’m really happy you feel inspired. That also inspires me so much to keep writing, and sharing! ā¤ ā¤ ā¤

      (Thanks! I went up to the mountains a couple weeks ago and took sooooo many pics!)

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