The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, arrived yesterday, so it no longer just feels like summer — it is summer. I understand that over in England, a crowd of 30,000 Druids and neopagans went to Stonehenge, because that famous monument was set up for celebrations on that day. Of course, neopagans, wiccans, etc., like to have us believe that their religion is the oldest of all, when much of their teachings and practices were invented in our lifetime, so I’m wondering if the summer solstice crowds were anywhere near as large in the old days when all Britons were pagans, more than two thousand years ago?
While it’s warmer than Leive and I like it, the weather is quite tolerable for us, since we are used to worse in Florida and the Philippines. Today and yesterday, for example, the high temperature was around 88 degrees, so I was able to mow our lawn, while family and friends in other states, and my co-workers in the office, were sweltering in the heat. I still think we’re the lucky ones, in regard to that. In fact, here in Kentucky it does seem appropriate to begin summer on June 21. It doesn’t in Florida, where they can have days with 90+ degrees before April is over. In the past I have joked that Florida has four seasons, too: early summer, high summer, late summer and next summer!
I’ll finish with a funny list I heard on the radio this morning:
The Top Five Signs That Summer Is Here:
5. Hard-to-understand wind chill factors are replaced with hard-to-understand SPFs.
4. Flood Warnings are replaced with wildfire warnings.
3. Men in shorts.
2. You go to the movies because the theater has a fabulous air conditioning system.
And the number one sign that summer is here:
Nobody gives you funny looks when you shout “Marco!”