I love summer. Summer marks the midpoint of the year, the celebration of the end of school, and a time to try out some new hobbies. It might not be the time that flowers start to bloom, but it is the time that flowers start to grow and prosper. Summer is when life is in abundance, birds sing from the trees, and rain falls delicately giving free showers to all. There is so much good to be found in this one season, summer, that starts with the summer solstice on June 21st and ends on September 20th. Summer might not be my favorite season, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love summer because I still do. I love summer — here are 7 reasons why I do.
I Love Summer — Here Are 7 Reasons Why
The time for ice cream
When I think of summer, I think of ice cream. I think of that cool treat that is so soft and smooth and comes in so many different flavors. I think of that treat that you can trace valleys with with your tongue. To me, ice cream is the ultimate summer treat. It is semi-healthy, a reward for doing good, and a way to cool down during those hot summer days. Ice cream is the best.
A respite from the stress
When summer starts, kids are either graduating from school or finishing their grade. Teachers take the time off, getting a break from those rowdy kids they’ve seen everyday for the past year. Other adults opt to take a week-long or even a month-long break. After a stressful first half of the year, summer is the time to breathe, relax, and enjoy. After work, work, and work, there can finally be play.
Beach and pool adventures galore
If ice cream is the treat that is synonymous with summer food, then the beach and pool adventures are the ultimate summer fun. Unlike the rest of the year when it is too cold, or not hot enough, summer is the only time that you can enjoy the beach and the pool. During those 99 degree (Fahrenheit, of course!) days, the water is warm, heated from the sun. The sand is also warm, sometimes even scorching hot, almost burning the palms of the hands and feet. But regardless, there is nothing better than to swim in the pool in 99 degree weather or relax on the sand, with a plethora of sunscreen.
Days and nights are not cold
During the rest of the year, when you venture outside you are hit by a blast of chill. But in the summer, you can step outside in the thinnest of clothes, barefoot and all, and not feel cold. Even at night, it is still warm and beautiful in the summer.
Gone are the days of melancholy
Many people suffer from this thing called Seasonal Depression. Seasonal Depression is a type of depression that affects people particularly in the colder months. People with this disorder tend to be sadder and depressed for long periods of time during the winter months. And then, in the summer, they start to feel better. The colder months tend to drag on, taking your energy and motivation. The weather warms up, and then, boom, gone are the days of melancholy. Don’t you feel better when it is hot and sunny?
Living outside loving summer
Another thing that I love about summer is that I can live. In the summer months, I can eat outside, walk barefoot in the grass, leave the window open. In short, I can lead a more carefree, happy-go-lucky kind of life. As opposed to the closeted existence of the winter months, summer is the time when you can let yourself open and blossom. Summer is the time when you can try new things. You can live.
Petrichor lingers in the air
One of my favorite scents is petrichor. In case you don’t know, petrichor is the scent that lingers just after it rains after a dry spell. I love stepping outside my doors right after it rains just to breathe in that heavenly smell. Somehow, that scent is better than chocolate fudge on top of ice cream. It is better than the smell of the flowers and the scent of pine emanating from the pine trees. It is better than the most expensive of perfumes. Smell petrichor, and you’ve smelled heaven on Earth.
However, there’s one thing…
I love summer. But, there’s one thing that I don’t like. I don’t like how the weather gets so hot and humid. At least, down here in the south (of the United States), those hot, muggy months of summer are not the most pleasant of experiences. When that happens, I just go promptly back inside into the A/C. Sometimes that is the only place to be in the summer.