Posted by: Ofer Aronskind | August 17, 2009

The lazy days of summer…

I never really understood what that meant–“the lazy days of summer”. But as I get older I think I’m beginning to grasp this simple concept. There are still 24 hours in a day, 7 days in the week, and so on and so forth. But in summertime, the days just seem to stretch out a wee bit longer. Yes, it could naturally be the length of the day; after all, the sun doesn’t set till much later in the night. But I don’t think it’s just that. I think there is a special quality to the day, the hours seem to pass in a more tranquil, relaxed manner. The daytime agenda is just a bit less full. There is a certain serenity to summer. There can be hours spent by a pool reading. A long afternoon spent out on a dock at some well hidden country lake. An entire day spent on a patch of sand staring at the ocean. An occasional dip into the water, a body surf ride on a couple of good waves. A hike up in the mountains. An early morning out on a rowboat with fishing rods and a cooler with snacks. The summertime activities that have no clear time of beginning and no demanding time to end. The daylight clock stretches to accommodate. The night sky seems to go on forever. Summer appears to reach across the calendar to borrow a little time from spring and then politely steals a few days from fall in a magnanimous exhibit of its generosity. Its not just extra time–it’s Summertime.

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