Guest Author - Amy Packham
It is June, and yet outside there is rain, wind and clouds. In England, we are still wearing jumpers in bed and remembering to wear coats and bring umbrella's when we are going outside. We aren't planning picnics in the park or days on the beach and still have our radiators on with the windows shut.
In order to deal with horrible weather, cold weather blues and staying inside rather than sunbathing on the beach, I thought it would be appropriate to find some summertime quotations, that make us realize why we really love summer so much.
When reading through some quotes on summer, I began to realize that most of the quotes seem to show how the sun has some sort of power that manages to put everyone in a good mood, put smiles on peoples faces...
The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~Wallace Stevens
In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams
Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~Sam Keen
These three quotes are exact examples of what I was just mentioning. The Sun shining evokes these words such as 'perfection'. The second quote by Williams, provokes the image of summer being such a perfect time, that songs are sung around us in our imagination, like they are in a backing track of a film at a beautiful moment, this happens in summer, where everything is so perfect that even music plays behind us.
I chose the final quote on purpose because of its humour. It brings a long with it the idea of summer is a time where it is acceptable to lay in the garden and do nothing. In the winter when we are laying on the sofa watching TV, we are deemed as being 'lazy' however in the summer when we are laying outside in the garden, on the beach, by a pool, doing nothing; we are not lazy we are simply enjoying the sun and 'sunbathing' becomes an activity not simply an activity of nothing!
"“Some beach somewhere, there’s a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair. Palm trees are growing, warm breezes blowing. I picture myself there, some beach somewhere.”
This final quote I found inspiring due to the imagery it brings along with it. It is not telling us what summer is, it does not tell us what summer should be like but rather just explains what summer IS like. It describes summer, the picture of summer, the image of summer. I think part of it is also explaining someone's own perception of the image of summer, a warm breeze, a beach, a shadowing umbrella. Perfection.