There is something dreamy about summer. The thick hot air makes you walk just a little bit slower. The evening teases of breeze make you wonder if you really do need to turn your air conditioning unit on, or should you sit on your porch just a little longer? There is also the sense of escape.
I don’t know about you, but my sense of fantasy escalates in the summer. I read more novels, I maybe act on just one of my crazy work ideas and I toy with believing that truly anything can be possible. And like many of us in the hot sticky months, I dream of escape. I’ve always felt that fall is the time to roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty. Summer, well, summer is kind of the opposite.
Take my parents’ lake house for example. Some of my favorite times have been had at their Wisconsin lake house in the summer months. I usually arrive Thursday after work and work at the kitchen table on Friday morning, the windows overlooking the lake. After coffee on the back porch, my mother and I take a walk through the neighboring park district. Upon arriving back at home, I wrap up my emails and then read my book in the sun room. Towards late afternoon, I saunter down the vacant lot behind my parents’ house to the shared pier and enjoy some swimming and relaxing under the umbrella. Around early evening, my parents come down with vodka gimlets in a canister and we take a boat ride…or as my parents call it, a “booze cruise.” We make it back as the sun sets and then have dinner. As the evening winds down, you may hear us talking and laughing on our back porch with the crackling of the fire pit in the background.
Now, just hit repeat on that scenario throughout the entire weekend. Needless to say, going back to reality is tough.
So instead of fighting the urge to take the summer off (which alas not many of us can realistically do), let’s indulge ourselves just a little bit before going back to our email inboxes.
If these images don’t make you want to run straight to the airport with a mere toothbrush and passport, you may want to consult your physician.