Hello, I’m Leah G. Alfonso. I write so that I may speak.
So…I goofed. When I said that I’d start posting monthly on July 12, I did not realize that I’d be in Chicago on that day without a computer or Wifi. By the time I got home and showered, it was already almost 11 at night and I was about ready to pass out. Thankfully, I had already written something for the intended post day; it was just a matter of copying it down. If anyone was disappointed that I’m posting nearly two days later than I said I would, I apologize. I can (and should) do better than that.
But enough of that little piece of misery, I have summer to praise, don’t I?
I was originally going to write about something else, but then the July heat came and reminded me of why I despise summer heat. So, in an attempt to maintain whatever sanity I have left (and to stuff it in Mother Nature’s face), I’m counting down the top 12 best–or in my case, most tolerable–things about summer, in no particular order. Let’s take a look.
#1: Beach Days
Are you naturally as pale as…well, snow? If so, are you tired of people thinking you need a hospital and offering to call 911? Because apparently, we sunbathe to prevent these pesky people prodding us into paying unnecessary medical bills.
But in all seriousness, a great way to kick back and relax is to spend a day at the beach. Whether you want to sit back and read a good book, play in the water, or fly a kite, the beach is synonymous with “summer family fun.” Just remember to exercise caution if you plan to go to the ocean.
#2: Summer Vacation
Remember those days when we were kids and had three months’ worth of no homework, no obligations, and no responsibilities? If you’re a teacher and you still have those days, congratulations. If you’re not…we got so old.
#3: Summer Rain
I know I talked about this on my Top 12 Best Parts of Fall post, but I find rain especially refreshing when the heat threatens to kill me. That, and I wrote this on a rainy day. When the rain falls and the cool air rises, it makes me want to count my blessings and then fall asleep.
#4: Amusement Parks
There are a few things that make it worth leaving the comfort of air conditioning. One of them is the adrenaline of riding a roller coaster. If you love the thrill of fast-paced, stomach-dropping rides, this is the best time of year to enjoy them. And…yeah, I think that about summarizes it. Next!
#5: Ice Cream
Unless you’re lactose intolerant, there’s no excuse for disliking ice cream. It may not be nutritious, but it’s healthy for the soul. It’s too cold, you say? Well, that’s what makes trips to places like Dairy Queen, Steak N’ Shake, and Culvers’ heavenly.
#6: Photographing People in the Outdoors
Again, I know I brought up photography in my Top 12 Best Parts of Fall post. I bring it up again because summer is a good time of year to take pictures of people having fun in the outdoors, like kids swimming with dolphins or zoo animals licking your face. In short, this is the era where the camera seems to capture the most memories.
#7: Bare Feet
Here’s a reason not to litter: some people like to walk in their bare feet. Though some people will walk around outside barefoot year round–believe me, I wish I was making that up–summer is when everyone can do it without worrying about their feet getting cold. Why? Many of them love the feel of grass/sand/carpet between their toes. Don’t ask me why.
#8: A Break from TV
If you’re like me, most of your favorite TV shows air their new episodes in Fall and Spring. So when summer comes and you’re already caught up, you can take the time you usually spend on TV and use it for something else. What, you might ask? Use your imagination.
#9: Outdoor Swimming
Technically, you can swim at any time of year. But if you want to swim outdoors and you live in a place where snow is plentiful, summer is the best season for it. You can’t swim outside in fall or spring because it rains too much, and you can’t swim outside in winter because it’s suicide. Again, I advise caution if you plan to swim in the ocean.
For some reason, we’re more likely to see fireworks in summer than in any other season. 4th of July aside, I wonder why that is. And…yeah, that’s it. I’ve got nothing else. Next!
#11: Longer Days
If this meant more time spent at work than at home, I would not be writing this. No, this means more sunshine in the evenings, more opportunities to watch the sunset, and more time to do whatever you need/want to do that requires sunlight.
This is my favorite thing about summer. Sure, the bugs are plentiful. Sure, the sleeping conditions aren’t always ideal. Sure, you might roast a bit more than you’d like. But two things about camping make it all worthwhile. One, evenings by the campfire. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows for s’mores, cooking campfire pies, or even just relaxing, few things in life beat the smell of an evening by the campfire. Two, the stars. When all the lights are out, you leave the tent/trailer, and you look up into the sky, you’re rewarded with a sight so beautiful that no camera can capture it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I haven’t seen my socks in two months and I need to go looking for them. Until next time, this is Leah G. Alfonso saying “So long.”
Special thanks to my mom for figuring out how to insert images into a webpage using a mac
Photo sources: http://smoothlighting.com/summer-holiday/summer-holiday-2/