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Officially Summer (and Promoting Carol's New Release!)

6/22/2022 3:33:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

This week held the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. So now, we are officially celebrating summer.

Technically speaking, summer is the time of where our section of the globe is tilted more towards the sun resulting in generally increased temperatures. It means longer days and warmer nights. It means pools and sprinklers, fireflies and mosquitoes.

For many, it means a slower pace.

For others, it’s an increased, almost frenetic pace, to try and squeeze in every ounce of summer activity that they can.

For me? I’ve never been the biggest fan of summer. I generally go to the pool a couple of times to say I did. But as far as being outdoors, I would much rather it be spring or fall. Summer just gets too warm. Even with air conditioners the upstairs at night is never cool enough for me.

But yesterday evening, I did see fireflies or lightning bugs if you prefer. Those glowing insects are definitely one of the blessings of summer. Each time I see one flicker, it feels like a little hug from childhood.

In the long tradition of summers gone by, I have greeted this one with a cold. Because of this new world we live in, I got tested yesterday for Covid. I was fairly sure I didn’t have a reoccurrence of the pandemic illness, but the first time I caught it I was fairly sure I had a sinus infection. Fortunately, this time I was right and I do just have a cold.

I hear a lot of people claim that summer colds are the worst. Personally, I can’t tell the difference between a cold in summer versus the rest of the year. I think it’s more the idea that you might be missing something if you get sick in the summer.

At night, trying to sleep, colds are miserable. But during the day, it’s an easy-to-follow sign that I need to slow down. I don’t like being sick, but I don’t mind it if I know it will pass after a few days.

Back to summer as a whole. Summer is the season people think of breaks and vacations. It is time to reconnect with old friends and find new ones. It’s time to set off on an adventure or have a stay-cation. It’s the time of year where no one will think less of you for serving ice cream for supper or taking the day off to go to a baseball game.

Probably for reasons that are more cultural than logical, summer allows people more flexibility.

Now even the calmest US summer will never be as laid back as the vacation we had in Jamaica almost twenty years ago. Our gentle hosts there had encouraging relaxation down to an art! But summer can, if chosen to, give even the most dedicated workaholic a bit of grace and downtime.

Next week, I am seizing a bit of that downtime.

Carol James, a fellow Pelican Book Group author, has a new release coming out this Friday. One reviewer called her latest novel, A Time for Singing, “a dose of summer”. While a classic romance, it is built on the premise that hurt people can’t find true and lasting romance unless God is in the mix.

Anyway, Carol is my guest blogger next week!

So please read her blog and comment. And if you feel so inclined, go read her book, too! Based on all the reviews, I guarantee it will fill you with warm summer vibes.

As for me, I’ll take the time away from blogging to chase a few fireflies… and dream.