“And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days,
Then Heaven meets Earth
If if be in tune,
And over it softly
Her warm ear lays;
…Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten…”
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)–American poet
There’s something especially wonderful about the month of June. As James Russell Lowell pointed out, it is made up of perfect days, when the outside world looks fresh, bright and inviting.
We eagerly anticipate June all year, for it heralds the beginning of summer, when time suddenly seems to stretch out limitlessly before us, lending a slower, gentler pace to our lives, with its long, warm, sunny days and cool, starry-skied nights. Our thoughts often turn to happy childhood memories of special outdoor events and happenings.
Everywhere you look there is something beautiful and enjoyable: breathtaking vistas of brilliant blue skies, graceful trees heavily laden with deep green leaves at the peak of their loveliness, a veritable cornucopia of fragrant flowers in every type and hue, gentle breezes, daytime symphonies of cheerful bird songs, and delightful evening cricket concerts and firefly lightshows.
The occasional thunderstorm or soft rain shower is welcome, for each is short-lived and only serves to deepen and enrich the already-lush flora surrounding us.
Roadside farmer’s markets suddenly re-appear on the scene, brimming with freshly-picked fruits of the land—feasts for the eye as well as the taste—vibrant red tomatoes, shiny green string beans, assorted mouth-watering melons, sweet ruby cherries, and juicy crimson strawberries.
No more annoying morning wake-up calls for us. We’re on vacation, happily satisfying our sudden attacks of wanderlust by trekking off to destinations of far-away, exotic places or familiar haunts of many a past year.
We’re headed for fun leisure activities with family and friends—backyard projects, cookouts, baseball games, biking, fishing, and the beach or swimming pool.
Or a refreshing catnap on the old porch swing with its familiar, comforting squeak, or in the hammock, hanging invitingly under the softly swaying branches of backyard trees. Ahhhhhh! Yes, things are definitely shaping up.
Plenty of hours to read, relax, and renew our bodies, minds, and spirits.
It’s June. Life is good! What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy!