Monday, May 22, 2006

Summer Solstice

I remember as a kid not really noticing the summer solstice much. I really didn't notice when, in the summer, the days started to shorten up... seemed like they were all long and lovely. Summer was just so huge and by the end of it, we were telling the "grown ups" that we were bored, and they were praying for school to start so we would get out of their hair. I actually remember having so much time on my hands that I didn't know what to do with it all. Gone are those days.

Now, perhaps because I am older and have more to do everyday, or because I just pay attention to the news now, I am keenly aware of the summer solstice. This bums me out because I really think it should be in August rather than in June. It is depressing to me to think that the days start their downward swing towards shortness as early as June. Summer is supposed to be about long days and I think August would be a much better month for the solstice to be in. So who do we talk to about getting this fixed?


Mind Sprite said...

Um, I think that would be God. Or the goddess, depending on your spiritual beliefs. The Solstice signifies the beginning of summer, not the end :)

You probably think it should be August is because the "school year" was artifically created around the harvest schedule. In the argriculture days, having the longest days in June would be perfect for working late in the fields. It's years of conditioning to think that August is the end of summer!

Mishka said...

I understand that it is not the end of summer but it is the beginning of the shortening of days...and that makes me sad. August for me will always be the end of summer at least as long as I am taking classes...haha.

I think it would be better if I was just not aware of it at all because as a kid, I think I thought all the days were equally long. :) Sometimes, ignorance can be bliss....hee, hee.

Mind Sprite said...

Isn't that the truth! Kids don't know how lucky they are and wouldn't believe us if we told them!