I can feel it. It’s gonna be a looooong day. ‘Tis true. After all, today is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.
If I may be alliteratively optimistic, there will be a solar splash of a stellar scale. I predict a day steeped in smiles and the sweet scents of sunshine. Today will be a day of saffron-stained sunrise and a sunset suffused with streaks of scarlet and silver. I could simply sit and stare at it all — satisfied in splendid silence.
I could. Except, I’ve been digging deep into my archives of cobwebbed memories. I am somewhat surprised that I can’t recall ever having celebrated this day.
How have I been indifferent to this special day, the very first day of summer? Have I allowed myself to take these days for granted? Have I unknowingly slipped into a ripple-less pool of humdrum existence? Has my fun side been hijacked by science-dismissing climate-deniers?
Well, no more of that. While I can’t deny that our ever-warming globe is no reason to smile about (on top of a whole array of very real concerns that wipe those smiles away), I don’t have to deny myself of the simple joys of being lucky enough to enjoy another summer solstice. I can think of a few ways to celebrate this and what I hope to be many more summer solstices from here on out:
+ songs, storytelling, warm company, a tall glass of iced tea
+ a scoop of ice cream melting into a waffle cone (dripless!)
+ sitting on a beach watching the waves, the sky, the birds and losing track of time
+ time at the playground with little ones, not just watching them but playing with them
+ a picnic, a book, a nap (not necessarily in that order) under the hot sun
+ camping, watching the fire, roasting marshmallows, eating s’mores
+ a dip in warm ocean water (with or without dolphins)
+ a hike on a scenic trail, with a friend or a dog
+ grilling with friends (or strangers) if only to smell that barbecue smell
+ a carnival ride that may or may not involve speed or heights or spinning
+ doing nothing other than appreciating having the choice to opt in or out
To learn how various cultures observed summer solstice in times past, go here.
Do you celebrate or observe summer solstice?
If so, how?
If not, why not?