Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Slippery Slope of Summer

So it's July! Well. Who would'a thunk July would ever come around? But the earth keeps moving and we keep grooving and progress through the seasons happens whether we want it to or not. Nonetheless, it was a great first half of the year and I'm looking forward to the second half.

Summer is racing away from us.

The upcoming Fourth of July holiday (for the USA) has pushed many of my friends to say how quickly the summer is passing. It's amusing to note that we rarely say that about the winter. Winter drags on, days of cold weather, snow shoveling, and icy streets. Summer, on the other hand, races by like a young child who is there and then gone. People are already talking about the State Fair, and that doesn't even start until close to the end of August. SCARY!

There's something about "The Lake" that draws people from the cities
to drive hours on Friday nights to spend two days next to the water. 

I think part of the problem is how late summer really starts. Summer, in terms of temperatures and outdoor activities, actually starts much earlier than the 21st of June. By May, we here in the northern hemisphere are already planting our gardens, bringing the boats out of storage and looking forward to going up to "the lake". By June 1st we're already swimming in "the lake", the vegetables are growing, and we're attending innumerable outdoor concerts, vying with the mosquitoes for the shady spots and the twilight hours.

Peanut Butter on each side protects the bread from the jelly. 

July, within that mind-set, is smack-dab in the middle of the summer - not just a week past the solstice. July is the summer month that is the jelly in the peanut butter sandwich. Pushed between the two butter-covered pieces of bread, and happy in its exclusivity. But when July is over, we are on the ever-increasing slippery slope toward another very long winter.

It's a slippery slope on the back side of summer. Enjoy the fine weather
while you still can. 

So I say, "Universe? What's up with that?", and I return to my schedule for movie watching, cat tending while Chickie is out of town later this month, and looking forward to Renaissance Festival next month. After all - July will be a memory before we know it! Happy Thursday everyone...

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