The heat of summer

JUNE 6: A mallard duck corrals her ducklings as they paddle in the Malden River. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Just a few thoughts about the heat of summer beating us up this early in the season.

First, some of us believe the heat is wonderful – during the day at the beach, during the late-night on our porches, or in our yards at home.

There is nothing quite like wearing short sleeve shirts and shorts, sandals and sneakers and often taking the garden hose and pouring cold water on our heads.

This is for those who love the heat.

There are of course a great many folks who hate the heat, who are made crazy by the heat, who struggle in every way to beat the heat with air conditioners.

Those people sit in rooms with air conditioners humming, quite content to watch the flat screen in the cool comfort of their homes.

However, there are so few summer days to enjoy, some of us make the effort to enjoy each day as it comes, one at a time, hot as hell or cool and rainy.

The summers are too short to let them pass by trying to stay cool.

Let’s face it, we work all winter to stay warm.

We should enjoy every summer day luxuriating in the heat.

Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.

-Mark Twain

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