Pardon me while I pay yet more homage to summertime....
Dear Beautiful Summer,
You have some marvelous power over me. When you come to my days, you wrap your arms around me and I am warm and happy. You can be HOT but you never have to be. You engage me no matter what your mood. Even the majestic Mr Sun wants to be with you as much as he can. Today, the summer solstice, he has you in his arms for fourteen plus hours. You are in his embrace from before 5:00 am until after 9:00 pm. Heaven. He stays in the sky until he can no longer keep his eyes open and you sooth him with tender breeze filled kisses. Nice.
I love your light. I love the flowers that you give me. I love the balmy sense that the treadmill has broken and it's okay to just breathe. I rode my bike down to the post office at 3:00 this afternoon and was taken with the clear view of the nearby mountains and the warm air on my shoulders. In a little bit, I will take the puppy Ellie on a neighborhood walk and I will run into a number of folks from the neighborhood out for an evening stroll. You, Summer, bring people together in casual and leisurely ways. You are the epitome of relaxation and freedom. I even love that, on a good day in summer, I can get away with tank tops, shorts and flip flops - wonderful freedom made real.
So, listen, I won't linger long. I simply want you to know that you matter to me. You give me a reason to keep going when the other seasons don't fit well or act in a way that I consider unfriendly. You never let me down and I will always love you.