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What I Like about Summer
Thursday, June 23, 2022 by Barbara

The Lighter Side

Each season I blog about what I love during that time of year. I always feel disingenuous when I proclaim, “I love summer,” because I don’t. Yet, there are things I do like about summer, so here’s my more honest assessment of summer’s blessings.

  • Watermelon—red and ripe, juicy and drippy, sweet and refreshing. 
  • Ice cream cones—I know, there is no off-season for this creamy treat but it’s especially good in summer, particularly from the Belville Creamery in NY state with its picture postcard view. It is worth the trip (and the calories) for a scoop of coconut ice cream with almonds covered in dark chocolate.
  • The slower pace that invites us to relax and unwind, to take deep breaths, reset our internal clocks, and appreciate life and living.
  • Barbecues—paper plates, cold salads, hot dogs, warm friends, and easy conversation.
  • Lightning bugs, flying, flickering, adding sparkle to lazy summer evenings. May we never grow too old to thrill at their display.
  • Iced tea, but not just any iced tea, only the family recipe passed down from my mother-in-law. Just enough sugar and lemon, half decaf, steeped to perfection, delicious and refreshing. 
  • Seasonal flora and fauna—fruits and flowers, birds and butterflies, each with their own unique beauty.
  • Summer storms—sometimes sudden, always fascinating, breaking into the monotonous heat with a spectacular show of rumbles and flashes, drenching and replenishing the earth.

Hmm. Maybe I do love summer! What are your summer favorites?

It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
    you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:17


Comments

Kathy R. From Hope, NJ At 7/1/2022 1:27:55 PM

Wow, I really like your summer - sounds wonderful, delicious, and delightful!!

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Thanks, Kath, I liked it more once I listed all those good things. Attitude is everything!

Diane From Pacific Northwest At 6/23/2022 8:56:51 PM

So well said, Barb! I do miss the wonder of lightning bugs and the gentle, calming sound of crickets, but I love sunny skies after months of gray, bees on blooming flowers that have waited so long to wake, spotting seals along the waterfront and the play of light in the forest. And yes, ice cream!

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Well, you got me at "seals!" We can't top that in NJ! Thanks for sharing, Diane.

Faith From Pennsylvania At 6/23/2022 10:47:09 AM

My favorite delight of summer is to enjoy the flowers which have been planted as seeds and have struggled through the hard soil we have here to show off God’s brilliant design. God had them grow for our enjoyment. Thank you for sharing your summer joys. You made my mouth water.

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Well said, Faith! The array of color and variation of design is breath-taking.

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