Ever since I can remember summer was my least favorite season. The opposite is true, I believe, for most people. Even my birthday is in summer which ought to mean something positive. A birthday is positive any time of the year. So of course, it’s meaningful, but it’s only one day out of 365.
Due to the conditions of the pandemic and being home more than usual, I’ve had lots of time to ponder how this summer might go. As I considered the possibilities, something popped into my mind. The something was a recollection of a children’s book by Judith Viorst entitled The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. I read the book to my daughter when she was young. It was a wonderful story about helping a child deal with the death of a beloved pet. What does this have to do with summer, you ask? I will tell you.
Instead of rehashing and ruminating on the miseries of summers gone by, I thought, “Why not come up with 10 good things about summer instead?” It seemed that focusing on the good things just might establish a template for having a better summer. As I’ve written before, recalling joyful experiences increases well being.
I posted this list last summer. As I’ve been especially bothered by the heat this year, I was looking for some positives. The list still holds true.
10. Reliving some of my childhood rituals with my grandkids like making chains from Dandelion stems and holding Buttercups under our chins to determine if we like butter. Seems I like butter. But then, who doesn’t?
Okay. Those 10 good things are still true this year. However, I must add number 11 which might be number 1 for many. The 11th good thing about this summer is that the lock-down is over and we are gradually returning to normalcy. Even the Blue Jays will finally be back home on the 30th. Whether you are a sports fan or any other kind of fan , let’s not blow this.
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