12 August 2013

Summer Lovin'

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
~ Henry James

In August, I’m participating in BlogHer’s Blogging Challenge.  The theme this month is: Hot.

ummer has always been my on-again, off-again relationship.

I blame the humidity for my frustration with Summer.  Temperatures in the mid-high eighties are bad enough, but add in what feels like a wall of water, and you have a recipe for misery.

But as my love for the land has matured and deepened, so has my love for the crazy, hazy days of summer.  Because otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy an abundance of fruits and veggies!

Summer Lovin’
My friend Sullivan cannot stand the summer and I was convinced it had something to do with growing up in NYC.  After all, I’ve been to NYC in the summer, and honestly I don’t think there is anything more miserable.  The asphalt gives off steam, and there’s a wobbly haze in front of your eyes that makes the people around you look like they’re part of a Jimi Hendrix video.

Or rather, that you're in a Jimi Hendrix video.
Image Credit: Pinterest

On the other hand, my friend PJ grew up in Miami and absolutely loves the heat.  Anything below seventy and she insists on wearing a sweater.  The difference? The humidity. Miami has enough ocean breezes to counteract the heat, while NYC, despite being surrounded by water, doesn’t. 

Maybe it’s all the skyscrapers?

In the Virginia countryside, it’s still just as hot but with an orchard providing shade and sending along a breeze, it’s bearable.  And the joy of seeing food you’ve planted grow big and sweet, takes the edge off ~ a lesson I’ve learned in spades this past week (more to follow on Wednesday). 

To be honest, I don’t think I would look forward to the leaves changing, and the blustery days of Autumn and Winter, if I didn’t have something to compare them to.  So while autumn remains my favorite season, this farmgirl has learned to love summer. 

Almost as much as she loves fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from her garden.

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

This was BlogHer’s question prompt for today: Do you like summer?

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1 comment:

Winnie said...

I am sitting here chuckling as I am in NYC and I find it brutal in he summer, you are SO right. Hate summer! I got sick a few weeks ago on the train platform when it was 105 outside, gosh knows how hot it was down there! I have traveled to other places like ME, and Ireland during the summer, come to think of it, I enjoyed it then!