Summer is my favorite season.
Because I live in Minneapolis, summer is very short.
We are fortunate to have 3 full months of this sweet season.
As a result of the contrast in our weather we have in the upper Midwest, I find it’s easier to savor more moments, during the summer.
The freedom I feel in this beautiful season comes to me in a few ways.
First, I get to wear little clothing in the summer. No bundling up in boots, down coat, scarf, and gloves. Sun dresses and sandals are my favorite things to wear.
Next, I appreciate the green grass, leaves on the trees and our many flowers that grace our yard. I even find peace in pulling weeds, sitting on my garden cushion upon the earth.
I so enjoy hearing the birds singing.
Also, sitting out on our deck in the evenings, eating our dinner, talking to Hale, and enjoying nature, is something I dream about in the dead of winter.
Therefore, during the summer season, it’s easier to live in my present moments, enjoying so many things.
Furthermore, summer means my Friday morning water aerobics class is in the outside pool. It feels like heaven to me to be out in the sunshine, enjoying this fun class for one hour. There’s a smile on my face the entire hour! I feel like a young girl.
One thing I know for sure about the contrasts between summer and our winters, it sure does create more gratitude for the glorious days and evenings we get to experience.
With summer you get longer daylight hours, as well. As I get up just past 6 am most days, it’s already light out. It stays light until after 9 pm. Having light instead of darkness, creates more joy inside of you doesn’t it?
Due to my love of this season, and the freedoms I have, we will be spending more time at our condo in Florida this winter.
I found a piece about summer and how the times today are different from years ago, written by Mitch Albom.
I’ll share the link at the bottom if you want to read the entire article.
Here is a piece of what he says about today and how parents may be keeping their children too busy during their time off of school:
“If we don’t enroll our kids in an activity, all they’ll do is text. Or watch TV (and text) or talk on the phone (and text).”
Well, you could prevent that. You could take away the cell phone, the iPod, the Nintendo. Then see if you can get your kid to do four things in a day:
- Have a face-to-face conversation with a friend.
- Read something.
- Build something.
- Get wet. A pool. A hose. A sprinkler. Whatever.
That’s really enough. Before you can blink, it’s the school year again, where every day is jammed with sports, AP classes, student government, and field trips.”
What are the things you love and enjoy about summer?
Message me with your thoughts, I’d enjoy hearing them!
Here is the link to read Mitch Albom’s article:
Lastly, my hope is, you will enjoy and cherish all your freedom you may feel, with everything that comes with this season.
Love and blessings,
PS. Below are photos of all 6 grandkids with us recently, our 22 month old enjoying nature with me on my birthday, some of our deck flowers and me with the babies on the 4th of July.