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A Midsummer’s Spell June 23, 2013

The weather cast a spell on me today.

I’ve always been one to appreciate lounging in the sun on a hot summer day (who isn’t?), but today I was obsessive about it. Forget the refreshing comfort of air conditioning and bring on the warming comfort of the heat, I thought. You can imagine  my disappointment when this became a point of contention with my mom and dad. I heard them talking about the heat and how I shouldn’t be in it very long…something about 100 degree heat indexes. Whatever that meant.

This is my beg face

So I begged and whined and pestered until I got my way, albeit in five-to-ten minute increments (for my alleged safety). Each time I was barely out the door before I found my comfy spot in the grass and instantly I was in heaven. Weather is one of those unbelievable constant sources of inspiration for me. I relish every falling snow diamond, find a sort of melancholy peace with the rains of spring, and now I celebrate the second official day of summer in style. All is well with the world in moments like these.

That is, until I was rudely interrupted and brought back inside. And again I began the begging game to get back into the beauty of the summer day. It was all I could think about. That’s when I remembered the date. Today isn’t just any summer day. Indeed it is Midsummer’s Eve, a special day set aside in Europe for wonder and merriment. Rich with historical culture, June 23 is celebrated with special food, dancing and plenty of time outside (weather permitting, of course).

Sarah Ban Breathnach writes of this special day in Simple Abundance, quoting the words of Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery. “(Let this become) a never-to-be-forgotten summer,” Montgomery writes, “one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in the world.”

The weather cast a spell on me today. All I could think about was being outside appreciating warmth in the sun’s promise of an unforgettable summer. Just as Breathnach wishes for her readers, I will share this wish with you. “May this potent Midsummer spell never be broken for you and those you love,” Breathnach writes. I know I probably should care about heat indexes. But I don’t. Instead I relish in the Midsummer’s Eve spell that was cast on me today, and breathe in all its contagious (albeit humid) joy.


24 Responses to “A Midsummer’s Spell”

  1. I’m with you on this one Wiley!

  2. Lyn Says:

    How strange it is to hear you talking about 100 degree heat, Wiley. Here in my part of Oz, we are having morning temperatures of -3 (celsius of course). The current temperature at 5:20pm is 53F and rainy.

    • It’s so crazy to think about that one of my dearest blogosphere pals is so far away! If I recall correctly, the situation was flip flopped when I started blogging six months ago: it was hottttt there and frigid here! Stay dry, warm, and happy! 🙂

  3. Nikitaland Says:

    Hey Wiley! We had some really HOT temps yesterday too! Probably was in the 90’s and when Mommy took us outside to pee, we headed back in quickly because it was too hot. On days like that, we enjoy the cool AC!

  4. Sometimes a great notion overpowers you…and you are transported beyond time and place. Although exhilarating for you, it can be somewhat annoying to those around you. 🙂

    • Well said! You’re absolutely right – my great notion was overpowering to me and annoying to those around me. Silly me…I have to learn to control myself. 😉

  5. I’m always a pester too when I want something :o) I hope we will get some midsummer too – today we had the first day without rain – just a small step, but one in the right direction :o)

    • Great minds think alike, friend. 😉 I’m so glad to hear of a day without rain for you! I’ll say a prayer for some sunshine in your forecast really soon!

  6. Gizmo Says:

    I don’t mind the heat as long as there’s a big shade tree for me to rest under, but on the hot days I’m happy inside with the AC on…If the heat is dangerous you should be very careful my pal

    • Thanks for having my back, Gizmo. You’re right, I know I was being ridiculous trying to spend all that time in the heat. Good thing we have our people to watch out for us. 🙂

  7. Marcie Says:

    You were simply enjoying your ‘Midsummer’s Eve’. 🙂

  8. likeitiz Says:

    Sadly, Wiley, Beau has been retreating to his dog house everytime we let him out. He’s been under the weather in the last two weeks. Been to the Vet twice. We are hoping for sunnier days, both out there and inside….

  9. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    It’s funny how different things can be year to year. We didn’t have many such days this year.

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