Editorial: An ode to summer
To every thing there is a season, and with summer, there are many good things.
From now through, say, the middle of August, it is useful to dial back the petty cares and routines and rants in order to find time to appreciate some of these good things.
Put out of your mind the heat and humidity that will soon bring their full assault. Instead, try to enjoy the long days, cooler evenings on the screen porch, lightning bugs, fresh corn and tomatoes, ripening watermelons … bicycle rides, crabbing from the dock, lying by a pool, walking on the beach, boat rides, July 4th fireworks.
It’s a time to visit with neighbors, while both of you take breaks from cutting the grass; when one takes a bag of zucchinis and cucumbers to the other (what can we do with all those squash?); when a toddler crosses the property line to investigate your sprinkler.
Today the magnolias and hydrangeas are in full bloom. Next month will bring the long-lasting and varied palette of the crape myrtles, roadside blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes … all the fruits of our fertile loam.
The water is warm and inviting, and it surrounds us on every side. We are fortunate to have many public beaches and a large reservoir that we can enjoy, and also a number of spots where we can launch our small boats. The fish may or may not be there … that’s fishing. We have classes in swimming, sailing and kayaking, open to all. But school is out. We can choose to do nothing.
Enjoy summer while it lasts.