The weather is perfect.
After months of whining, summer has arrived. We never did see spring but there were sightings of her on the beach in the Bahamas with an umbrella drink. Even she didn’t want to visit us with our crummy weather.
I remember that sense of anticipation when I was a kid. We had a HUGE 4th of July family picnic at my uncle’s farm. There were close to a 100 relatives. Everyone brought food. It was a kid’s delight. You got to taste everyone’s food; there were enough people for any game you wanted to play; and a watermelon cooling in the creek.
There were sheep to pet and dogs to play with. The anticipation was extreme and then it was there. The day went faster than any other summer day and it was over for another year.
My aunt and uncle were old or so I thought at the time. They were at least 60! You never knew which year would be the last.
Then there was graduation. Couldn’t wait. Now I was an adult. Sort of. (There are studies out now that say the brain isn’t fully developed until around 25. That is definitely true for men! Maybe not even then.)
Then it was gone. My biggest disappointment after graduation was the realization that I would be at work until 5 every day in the summer. Who made those stupid work hours. How would I work on my suntan? Bum around with friends? Work took a big chunk out of my life. Boogers!
Before you know it retirement loomed. At first it was in the distance. You don’t really think about retirement until you are in your fifties. At least I didn’t. Then wham! It’s here.
Now I am retired and the weather is perfect. I am working hard to treasure each day of this bliss because just like with my aging (?) aunt and uncle, you never know which summer will be your last.
Look around you. If you are not happy, change something. It goes way too fast to waste any time not being happy. Enjoy your summer (or winter if you are in the other hemisphere!).
As for me, Carly Simon said it best….Anticipation! I have picnics and sleepovers and garden projects galore! God, I love summer.
This is dedicated to my friend Jill from Universal Musings, who hates warm weather unless she is bobbing in a pool and my niece who is retiring this year.