Monday, June 11, 2012

HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUMMER?

It's unofficially official: Midsummer weekend, (June 21) marks the beginning of Summer in Sweden. With that in mind, it always gives me pause when we arrive in the US to visit my family, just one week after this Swedish holiday, to hear many people say on the 4th of July: "Summer's half over." This has me thinking; how is Summer marked near you? Do you have holidays that mark the passage of time where you live? Rituals? Event? I would love to hear what summer means and brings near you.
Although we're not splashing in the water yet, we did pull out my beach sarongs and beach buckets this past weekend. I can't wait for days like this ahead!
Asking you this question, has me thinking, too.
Yes, summer celebrations, activities and family time are a measure of summer, but, I know that I will measure my success this year, by often and freely I respond to the family with these three sentences:

Ok. Let's do that.
Ok. I'll go with you.
Ok. I'll look, right now.

Wishing you the ease to easy times together, too. What about you? What's important to you this Summer?

10 comments:

  1. I'm in California, US and our last day was June 7, which is actually about a week or two later then all the public schools around us (we are at a charter school). We start back to school on August 6 which is also about 2 weeks sooner then public schools. We do have 6 weeks off through out the school year. (2 wks in Oct, 1 in November (thanksgiving holiday), 2 weeks in December (Christmas/New Year Holiday) and then 1 week off in March for no particular reason.

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    1. I've heard of many schools adapting these new schedules. It's a little more like we have here in Europe. Since we're an international family, we find these longer periods to be great for making trips to see our families --- although, I do feel that I would prefer fewer days off in May so that the kids could get out of school earlier. Summer is so extremely short in Sweden. The sun is up so late, right now; no one wants to go to bed! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Swedish Midsommar is not mid-summer here in France, where schools finish 7th of July. Though Fete de St Jean has become Fete de la Musique.
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    1. Thank you for your mail. I've heard bits and pieces about this "Fete de Musique" I love the the year accumulating in music. Thank you so much for taking the time to share.

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  3. Freshly squeezed lemonade in a maison jar, with wax papper under the lid - paired with ham and butter sandwiches on seedless rye - eaten from the tailgate right on the beach says summer to me!

    LOVE your three questions. That would be a great measurement for everyone to take to heart. A great reminder about what matters! Thanks.

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    1. And I love that you've added lemonade to this idea! That is pure summer for me, too. What a great mental image you've conjured. I've never tried this idea for serving and would love to. I wish you a summer where these three phrases are an easy part of your everyday. Thank you for coming by and taking the time to comment.

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    2. Added bonus - the kids LOVE doing the squeezing on any old fashioned citrus press. :-)

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  4. Here in Houston, TX summer seems to start in May. That is when it is starting to get warm but not really humid. Also that is when most of the neighborhood swimming pools open. To me summer seems to revolve around swimming, watermellon and corn on the cob!

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    1. This sounds positively dreamy! Real summer feels very slow to arrive this year. You are so incredibly lucky to have such a long outdoor season. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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Thank you!