Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice

Because I do not like hot weather, summer is my least favorite season. But there are still things I enjoy about it, and surprisingly, some of them are specific to this sweat-soaked state in which I live. So here are some thoughts on summer’s first day:

I love opening the season with our annual Beach Weekend.

I love Independence Day.

I love that there is one time of year when I am able to prefer chilled white wine over room temperature red wine.

I love when evening breezes carry the sweet scent of orange blossoms across Florida.

I love watching swallow-tailed kites, one of my favorite birds of prey, as they soar in the air and seem to stay up there forever without flapping their wings.

I love watching fireflies illuminate the woods at dusk.

I love San Diego.

I love the dramatic pulse of Florida’s afternoon storms, when black clouds darken the sky and spew lighting and thunder and unleash torrents of blinding rain – only to blow away and be replaced by sunny skies in less than an hour.

And I especially love that on the second day of this summer, we will get to meet our son.


  1. oh, I love summer, it is my favorite season of the year since it means I would enjoy getting into the water more. Oh, and wow, I am not sure if you have met your son now, but I wish you good luck and may he come out in perfect health. thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. Congratulations on the new family member! How wonderful to introduce him to everything you love in the state, especially those swallow-tailed kites.

  3. I saw your facebook posts ...Congrats! Parker is so beautiful! Hope the family is doing well. Great post! I see Swallow-tailed kites at Flatwoods a lot. They are so smooth as they fly. And the smell of orange blossoms in Dade City as I ride past a dozen or so orange groves is priceless. I will never tire of that sweet smell.