As you know, I believe deeply in the spiritual and emotional benefits of seasonality. I believe humans are hard-wired to need renewable predictable change. You should eat, wear, and do different things in each season. When fruits are fresh and abundant you should eat them until you are sick of them. Then you should not eat them until you crave them and have to wait for them again.
I have a recipe for a perfect summer. It includes:
A bowl of cereal, eaten in the backyard with my own strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
A day at the beach
A visit with a large group of Quakers
A motorcycle ride with friends
Going out late in the evening for ice cream
extra reading; 1-mystery, 1-Scify or fantasy, 1-true crime, 1-chick lit
a home grown tomato
a long solo bike ride without a map or destination
an extended road trip
an outdoor concert
enough free time to be bored at least once
The right combination of these things creates the sense of time stretching. This summer I have almost re-created that childhood feeling of the endless summer. I am deeply grateful.
I won't see fireflies this summer, and the tomatoes are in doubt, but I am knocking off everything else on the list.
We are about to embark on the road trip. We will be gone 21 days. We will see five states. We are not taking a computer, nor even a cell phone. If I want news (and I may not) I will buy a newspaper (while I can) and we will mail a few postcards (while we can). We will eat when we are hungry and stop when we are tired. We have not filed a flight plan. Sound like heaven to me.
And when we get back, there will still be three weeks until school starts. Life is good.
Safe journey, Our best road trip to NM was when we didn't have it all planned ahead and just stopped when we wanted to visit a place and called ahead for a reservation when we knew we were coming to the end of our endurance for the day.