Those Summer Nights

I admit it.  I don’t like summer.  Well, summer temperatures, at least.  It wasn’t always this way; I used to love the heat.

Not anymore.

When the temperature sails past 100 with a smirk, I gaze longingly at my fireplace and pray for fall and winter.

But that would be wishing away the year, wouldn’t it?  As much as I can’t wait to pull out my sweaters and breathe crisp, cool air, I also want to enjoy today…not just endure it.

So, in an effort to enjoy the present, I’ll play a little mind game.  Do you ever try reverse psychology on yourself? Well, we’re going to try it now, so put out your imaginary psychologist’s shingle and hang your diploma on the wall next to mine.  I’m going to list some things that I do like about summer in order to take focus off of the life-sapping heat.

I like…

Leaves on the trees and plants in full bloomWatermelon

Cookouts with friends and family

The Fourth of July

Home-grown tomatoes and other edibles

The local farmers’ market

Twinkling stars in the summer night sky

Driving at night with the windows down and the radio on

Road trips

So, what about you?  What do you like about summer?