As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:
It's possible I may have a bad attitude about the arrival of summer. On the eve of the Solstice I left for a mission trip to a town in Maine bordering Quebec. Beset by a swarm of bloodthirsty black flies, and a "classic allergic reaction" according to the PA at the Urgent Care, I had to return the next morning to a week of Benadryl and ice packs. (If only I had known about Bug Band *before*…)
But I don't want that to ruin summer for the rest of you. So I invite you to share five things you love–or don't–about summer. The tone is up to you!
1) Happy music about summer — "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Saturday in the Park." Any music that reminds me of being 17 or so, driving around in my mom's Ford Country Squire wagon with the woody siding, car full of a ridiculous number of friends, driver barely tall enough to see over the dashboard.
(It's good my daddy can't read this. He was a Jeffersonian Democrat.)
No matter how I'm feeling about our country, remembering it's genesis always renews my faith that we can turn out well in the end, by the efforts of people of good conscience.
3) The Farmers' Market — In Portland, it's open on Wednesdays downtown and on Saturdays in Deering Oaks Park. I'm more likely to turn up for the latter. It's not far from where we live. I especially love buying local tomatoes and later in the summer the most delicious corn in the world. But right now I'll be going for:
4) Strawberries — Really, there is nothing more deliciously summer-like than a fresh, local strawberry, even better if you've picked it yourself.
5) Camp — I spent six summers at Camp Alleghany in Lewisburg, West Virginia. My younger two have loved their time at our UCC camp in Maine, Pilgrim Lodge. LP leaves on Sunday for her session. Getting away from the world of electronics, looking at and playing in the trees and the water, hearing the sounds of night away from a city, and at PL being in the company of other young people who choose church camp, those are all things of beauty.
The one thing not happy on my mind this summer in particular will be the kids driving around the way I did in #1, not really skilled or experienced enough to operate their vehicles in unusual circumstances. I'm still giving thanks that Snowman suffered no permanent damage in his accident last week, but mindful that other families have not been so fortunate.
What are you looking forward to this summer?