At Stonehenge in England this past Friday, about 10,000 people gathered to watch the sun rise in perfect alignment with the entrance to the ancient stone circle. The summer solstice has come and gone in the Northern Hemisphere. Even as we mark the beginning of warm summer months, the days are now growing shorter once again.
Somehow, I wish the days could just stay longer for a little while. Even as we have months of (I hope) balmy weather ahead, there’s something that always makes me a little sad when the solstice passes, and our half of the Earth begins to tip every so slowly away from the sun for the next six months. It’s all in my head, I know. But still.
My hands and feet are just so much happier during the long days of summer. That is, of course, so long as I stay out of overly air-conditioned buildings. I took advantage of a sale this past week and got some new wrist warmers to add to my collection—as essential in the summer when stores and restaurants insist on maintaining arctic temperatures, as in the winter when arctic air blows into New England from Canada.
At least I can now take my neighborhood walks without a jacket or even a sweater. It’s easier to get out the door for appointments, too. Less stuff to put on.
Time to savor summer, even as daylight slowly dwindles.
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