Well, this isn’t a hard one for anyone who knows me.
While there are many reasons I love living in upstate New York, one of them happens to be the changing of the seasons. There is something so beautiful as the leaves go from green to red, orange and yellow…as they crisp up and the ground freezes, and the grass becomes covered with snow. The way the birds come back in early Spring and the buds appear on branches, and it finally gives way to the hot bright sun that is Summer. I love that we experience all four seasons!
But if I must choose one, I have been and will always be in love with Summer.
The feeling that I get when I open the door and I take that first breath of hot sticky air. The way the green grass grows to such high heights! The feel of a soft Summer breeze unexpectedly. The smell of sunscreen, burgers on the grill and a hot pavement. It’s always going to be my favorite! I love being able to not wear a million layers, come and go with ease and slowing down to savor the season.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the slowness of a cold Winter’s night. All bundled up, cozy in a blanket, sipping hot cocoa by our fire…ok or some Merlot.
But Summer? Late nights driving around with my love with the top of the corvette down are so fun. Joe grilling dinner and then all of us piling into the truck to go find a place to watch the sunset–the beach.
Bare feet, wet hair, sandy messes piling everywhere.
Sticky fingers and faces full of ice cream.
The way my babies smell of sweet sweat.
Meals outdoors, long walks, chalk driveway drawings, bubbles, building sand castles.
Sitting in our garage with the smoker going and smelling the hickory do its thing.
Fireworks, family gatherings, outdoor fire pits and running around in the back fields.
No real bedtimes, no real place we have to be…
I’m already starting to miss all of it! But that’s the beauty about the seasons; they are here, do their thing and then roll on by. Fall is in full effect, rain will turn to snow and soon I’ll be playing Christmas carols.
I don’t hate anything about our weather, other than the true lack of sunshine, which of course is the biggest reason I love Summer.
That big ball of burning fire feels SO good on my bones. I blame it on being a Leo, but there is something special about that sun and if I can’t have it all year, I’ll just have to go after it come those winter months.
What is your favorite season? What makes it so?