Every region has its own weather ‘opportunities’.
Here in coastal NC we’re smack dab in the middle of summer. For us that means even our very early mornings are 80+ degrees and what feels like 198% humidity. It’s sometimes easy to lose sight of how blessed one is when one is covered with non.exercise induced sweat.
So I’m going to shift my frame of reference. Starting today, I’m going to focus on what’s good about this time of year in The South.
Summer lends itself to beginning the day early in a peaceful way. The dogs and I get to simply listen to the birds & frogs as we walk. The quiet also makes it easier to spot turtles, ducklings and gators (hopefully not all in the same place). Peaceful starts always help.
Summer helps improve my posture. Don’t know if it’s a girl thing or not … I find that I want to feel slimmer in the summer. Sitting up straighter always makes me feel slimmer. And yes, I can imagine you sitting up straighter as you read this NOT that YOU need to feel slimmer<smile>). Healthy posturing always helps.
Summer sends me to the movies. I’m a Redbox groupie during the colder months. In the summer though, it’s fun to take advantage of matinee prices to see some great flicks and enjoy the kiddie special on popcorn (see ‘wanting to feel slimmer’ point above <grin>). Movie popcorn always helps.
Summer encourages some retailers to introduce and often give away free stuff. In many areas McDonald’s is giving away free (sample size) iced mocha drinks. Hey, free is free and iced is ALWAYS good in summer. REfreshment always helps.
Summer saves time. Hairspray does not work in temps above 80. I don’t care what the label says. So I get to simply wash my hair – tussle it (that’s a technical hairstyling term) with my fingers and move on. And don’t even get me started about ironing! Letting go of what we can’t control always helps.
Summer tastes great! Last night I had the perfect summer meal – the world’s best grilled chicken (thanks to Tom!), FRESH, LOCAL corn on the cob and caprese salad (made with basil from my backyard, tomatoes from the farmers’ marker and incredible – albeit admittedly not local – mozzarella). My body is still happy from that simple & healthy feast. Nourishment always helps.
Summer stirs creativity. Each summer my great nieces & nephews come for Camp Waccamaw. So I get to come up with what NEW THINGS we’ll do each year. Look for an update on Camp Waccamaw ’09 in mid August! Kids (almost) always help.
and lastly (at least for now) Summer feeds my inner optimist. It’s easy to start believing that summer will last forever. It won’t. So starting today, I’m going to enjoy it while it’s here. Hmmm… that sounds like a pretty good life philosophy, eh? Looking at the positive always helps.
How about you? What do you love about summer?