“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.” ~ Regina Brett

What a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for kicking back, and a time to reconnect with nature. Depending on where you live, summer may be brief so you want to make the most of it. That doesn’t really mean planning big vacations, or having ongoing summer parties. It means letting go and unwinding.

Remember when you were a kid stretched out on the cool grass looking up at the stars in wonder, or swimming by the moonlight? Unstructured time to ourselves is what we all need.

Speaking of being a kid, don’t over structure your children’s summertime. It doesn’t need to be overfilled with organized sports and places to be. At the same time, kids don’t need to be on their electronic devices all the time. It can become an obsession for them and that is never good. Kids need time to play, dream, and just be lazy—maybe watching the clouds float by. Balance is the key.

Nature gives us the gift of summer’s long days and warm nights to go exploring who we are, and to dream of what can be. It’s a valuable time for making memories, and for the soul to grow.

Go outside and take a deep breath and let yourself be part of summer.

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~ Charles Bowden


20 thoughts on “Summer

  1. It hasn’t been that way for us in a LONG, LONG time. Still I like each season for different reasons.


  2. Val Boyko says:

    Hhmmm… and here I am planning 3 workshops to keep the brain cells charged and my passion alive! I guess summer takes on a different role when you are retired 💛


  3. It may be winter down here in Oz land Michele, but it is a short one. We have at least 8 months of the year that we are in shorts and T-Shirts thankfully.
    We are about to have a chilly 14C (57F) weekend, which is freezing for us desert dwellers…but apparently a nice Spring day for others 😀
    We acclimatize to whatever we are in. Now if I could just convince myself to put on my board shorts, jump into a hammock and laze the day away, I would…but I think the icicles hanging off my nose may be a distraction 😀 ❤


    • That’s right, Mark, you are now in winter. I hope you enjoyed and had a great summer. Here in the Pacific Northwest we endure the gray rainy days of winter with some snow, and we dream and hope for a long sunny summer. I guess you could say that some of us get down right giddy about the summer and are so very grateful when it all works out for us.


  4. neilsonanita says:

    Well said Michele. It’s so good for the soul isn’t it, just to do nothing, make daisy chains and watch the clouds go by, unhurried like our past! Thank you, it was wonderful.


  5. pjlazos says:

    My favorite was watching clouds go by, lying in an open field with your best friend – who needs a blanket?! – and shouting out what they looked like.😘


  6. smilecalm says:

    makes me happier, Michelle
    it’s summer 🙂


  7. Nope. He’s one of the few kids among his friends not to own an iSomething.


  8. I always had great summers as a kid. They were nice and long. Now, our school system in Georgia only gives the kids eight weeks in my county!

    Still, I did spend great time with my “big kids” before they head off to college in a couple of weeks and we did have a few moments of carefree and watching the clouds. This may be our last “summer” before they are full fledged adults so I tried to enjoy it with them as best we could 🙂


    • That’s wonderful, Lilka, that you had the opportunity and took the time to enjoy your kids while they are still kids one last summer. They grow up way too soon and that special connecting before they go off to college is so important, and made extra special also because it’s summer and a time to let it go, relax, and enjoy the precious bonds we have with loved ones.

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