It’s the summer solstice today. The first official day of summer. The longest day of the year. The day after which all days will begin to shorten.
This is a day we enjoy celebrating. There’s no commercial or familial obligations; most people barely acknowledge it. It’s a day for us to celebrate something more basic – the change of seasons. More specifically, today we celebrate the best parts of summer.
Traditionally, this is best done outside. Swimming all day, or peach – picking like last year. Eating all our meals outside, the last one under a growing canopy of night, the starts just beginning to twinkle and the fireflies and bats just beginning to show. Later on, a campfire with marshmallows and games or stories. Maybe even singing.
This year, the weather wasn’t that cooperative.
We tried swimming, but as today was the first day over 80 degrees in a week or two the pool water was decidedly too cold. Besides that, various thunderstorms rattling through the area kept us inside as well. There won’t be any eating outside tonight (too muggy and buggy), no fireflies, no bats. (Well, there might be, but between the clouds and mist, and whatnot, you know).
So we’ve tried out more of the quiet, unsung sweet parts of summer.
Making blueberry muffins (and eating them all before even one picture could be taken).
Quietly watching the approach of a summer storm (a non – threatening, no – tornado kind of storm) from the safety of the front porch.
Making a round of Butterbeer for the kids.
Reading (Emily is working on the 4th Harry Potter book, Neve the first. I am reading the 3rd book of The Hunger Games trilogy. Riveting!)
Napping (okay, that was just me).
And enjoying our favorite two summer foods for dinner: corn on the cob, and pesto.
We feel pretty good about this low- key solstice. We’ll be back to our favorite summer activities soon enough.
Happy Solstice to you all!
Yay! We host a Very Nearly Longest Day of the Year Party every year. It used to be on the solstice, and we let the kids stay up as late as they could hack it. Then it got to be too much for those who had to go to work the next day. Now it’s on the Saturday closest. We invite a bunch of neighbors. The adults enjoy beer, wine, appetizers and desserts while the kids play flashlight tag and catch lightening bugs. It’s tons of fun.