Did you have a good 4th of July weekend?
Now that’s it’s over, do you feel like you’re on the back side of summer?
School starts in a month. Mercy!
And if it wasn’t hot a week ago, it’s all heat and humidity from here on out, right?
Right. Okay, time for a pep talk. For me. 🙂
Once we reach the longest day of the year – the summer solstice in late June – and once the Independence Day fireworks end and Buddy stops shivering in fear – I sense a great deal of satisfaction that it’s all downhill from here. I have to feel this satisfaction. In fact, I cultivate it and convince myself of it because I find the frenzy of summer tiresome.
All the heat, humidity, sweat, forevermore long days and months… the etc., etc., of Southern summertime.
How can it “all be downhill hill/easy” from here when there’s still hay to put up and gardening to tend to and donkeys to deworm and sweat to roll? It just can be. Over the years as a farm wife, I have found that
as many of you have regardless of career or geography
attitude is everything. Since attitude and perspective are closely related and mostly inseparable, I plead with Heaven for a good attitude in the heat. Then I cultivate my perspective.
We can choose our perspective on most anything.
Summer is my least favorite season, therefore I keep my mind on the proverbial sunny side by reminding myself that each day after the summer solstice will be progressively shorter and shorter…
– that those few minutes less each day are a respite and a gift of greater measure than their actual length because they mean something to me – like the fireflies display their summer day grand finale earlier if the sun sets sooner. 🙂
– that my Farmers internal clock will adjust and he’ll snuggle with me longer before we have to haul ourselves up for another day in the sun.
– that sometime in mid September we’ll wake to a crispness in the air that will send me into a pumpkin frenzy.
– that I can’t have pumpkins without summer heat.
Each year around the end of June to the beginning of July I begin to trade my fond enjoyment of cooler seasons for appreciation of what this summer season cannot be if it is to give gifts to the other seasons.
Why does spring spring if not for summer?
Would autumn be as glorious without the sweat and rigor of summertime?
Certainly winter would be a worrisome, sorry state without the hay from summer’s heat.
Keepin’ my cool,
How do you deal with the heat?