A few days ago on Facebook, someone posted that they were sick of this heat! Aw, come on, people! It wasn’t a month ago that I read post after post asking when, oh when, this cold weather would finally end. We humans are weirdly fickle, aren’t we! “ I want it to be summer! No, I want to not sweat all day! No, I want warm days but not the summer humidity.” We had an au pair years ago who loved to state, “I want never gets!” (Say that in your head with a British accent, and it gets less serious.) I have an idea. Let’s ignore that au pair and our own fickleness. Let’s want everything! Let’s want long summer days where the sun doesn’t go down until almost 9. Let’s want to go dive into the ocean when we get off work. Let’s want to slather on the sunscreen and head out all day on a boat under that hot summer sun. Let’s want beach yoga and the scent of honeysuckle and watching purple martins and osprey and wearing the least amount of clothing possible. Let’s say yes to every bit of it while the summer sun shines. It’s summer for three months – that’s not long! – so take advantage of drinks and dinner on the decks of our local restaurants. Go on that horse tour in Corolla or on a wine cruise! Head out to the Gulf Stream or hop on a head boat to fish. Take an entire day and go shopping. Spend hours on the beach perfecting that tan or sitting under an umbrella with a can’t-put-it-down summer read. Take the kids to the water park. Get local advice on fishing techniques. In short, let’s be here now – with the heat, humidity, late-afternoon thunderstorms, warm ocean, warmer sounds and everything else that summer brings. Soak up the summer sun while you can. Then when the weather begins to change, too soon from now, you can slide into that season knowing you’ve taken full advantage of all the 2018 summer fun.
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