There is something exhilarating about the first day of summer! I think it’s all that light at the beginning and end of the day. I live in Florida now, where we enjoy summer weather for more than half of the year, yet the first day of summer still signals a transition to more relaxing days. Here is a list of my top ten reasons for loving summer (not in any particular order):
- The extended daylight hours, especially at the end of the day, followed by breathtaking sunsets
- Warm weather – yes, even Florida “warm”. I find it so much easier to cope with extreme heat than with extreme cold
- The break from school and work routines. Even my part-time work is cut in half.
- Related to this break, days of open schedules with no appointments or expectations
- The ability to put off any planning for at least two months
- When I lived in colder climates, the beginning of outdoor swimming and weekend picnics
- Extended time with family and friends: visiting my “grands”, family barbecues, lunch with friends
- Vacations and stay-cations. In Florida, you can stay at the beach at “off-season” rates!
- The resumption of painting classes that I began last summer
- BOOKS!! Being able to read more deeply in topics that are not necessarily tied to my teaching at church; reading for extended time without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else.
I sometimes feel like Olaf in the animated Disney film Frozen. You can find a short movie clip by googling the song title, or simply “summer in song.”
Lyrics from Frozen
Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Bees’ll buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz
And I’ll be doing whatever snow does
A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand
Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned
I’ll finally see a summer breeze blow away a winter storm
And find out what happens to solid water when it gets warm
And I can’t wait to see what my buddies all think of me
Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be
Da da, da doo, ah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, boo
The hot and the cold are both so intense
Put ’em together, it just makes sense
Winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle
But put me in summer and I’ll be a happy snowman
When life gets rough I like to hold onto my dreams
Of relaxing in the summer sun, just letting off steam
Oh, the sky will be blue, and you guys’ll be there too
When I finally do what frozen things do
As I stand on the threshold of another summer season, I invite you to share your own reasons for looking forward to summer. What does your list look like?