I sometimes stop myself from writing too much about my personal life in these blogs because the reality is, most of you read them for the forecast or my take on the current state of the atmosphere. But sometimes, the things I am doing while I am not blogging turn partially into a blog and can eventually lead to a different perspective on the weather.
So, this morning I was in my kayak paddling around a local cove enjoying the early light of the day. I do a lot of thinking in those moments — reflecting, creating, evaluating. After an hour, I decided to listen to music on my phone. In my kayak, I carry a smartphone with me for emergencies. It’s in a waterproof bag clipped inside the boat. I figure the GPS would at least tell someone where I was if something bad happened. In reality, I stay close enough to shore that I could probably swim to safety if I had to.
I was actually surprised how great the music sounded through the bag. While listening to the Jackson Browne station I created, on came “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts, a number-one hit in 1972. That summer, I was a very young camper at Maine’s Center Day camp. That’s the time of life when summer seems as long as the rest of the year rather than just a couple of short months.
There are several lines in the song which resonate with me, but the line that hit me especially hard today was the following:
Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom,
July is dressed up and playing her tune
July is special when it comes to summer. While meteorological summer covers June through August and astronomical summer runs from mid-June through mid-September, July sings summer. Sure, August is still summer, but many college students are back at school before the end of that month, and some public schools also start in late August.
July is as far away from January as you can be on the calendar. Whether you look backwards or forwards, January is 6 months away. Although we have lost a few minutes of daylight, for most of you it’s negligible and it won’t be until early August when you start commenting on how it’s getting dark earlier.
July has been quite nice this year. Since the skies cleared on Independence Day, we’ve been enjoying some amazing weather. While Tuesday did feature high levels of humidity and some showers over western New England, it was still classic summer. Although there will be limited amounts of sunshine for Wednesday and Thursday, it won’t be cool, and even the predicted thunderstorms are parts of the summer scene. The upcoming weekend looks fantastic with abundant sunshine and very warm to hot temperatures. If you haven’t been to the beach yet, this weekend will be an ideal time to head there.
Summer, of course, is more than the beach or the pool. It’s a state of mind — a feeling. In other sets of lines from the same Seals and Crofts song,
See the paper layin’ on the sidewalk
A little music from the house next door
So I walked on up to the doorstep
Through the screen and across the floor
The idea of a screen door is also quintessential summer. A few months from now, the screens are put away for the winter. I don’t walk through a screen door in January, I rush through a wooden one and close it quickly behind me.
We’ve got three weeks left of July and she’s all dressed up. Don’t leave her there alone, make the most of the warmth, the beauty, and the attitude she brings. Sure, there’s always next year, but even in the longest of lifetimes, there aren’t more than 100 of them, so let’s savor this one.