June is such a beautiful time of year in Kentucky. Marshmallow clouds float against a crystal blue sky, swirling and dancing ever so gently. The season is filled with lots of fun outdoor activities, but the long days also provide adequate time to just relax and take in the sensational sights and sounds of summertime. Here are a few things I am grateful for during the month of June.
RAINDROPS AND ROLY-POLIES
I love watching my grandkids running around in a summer rain shower, laughing and squealing and splashing in puddles. After the rain stops, my oldest grandson loves to watch the roly-poly bugs come out, and he loves to share lots of details about the little critters. He tells me that, if we try to touch them, they will roll up into little balls. He thinks that’s really cool. Chasing fireflies is another popular pass-time of summer, too!
Of course, we can always make our own “rain” on dry, hot days. There is nothing like a good, old-fashioned water sprinkler to cool down the simmering days of June. Some things never go out of style.
This June was extra special for us, as we celebrated my sister’s 60th birthday. I don’t get to see my sister and her family as often as I’d like, so it was nice to get together with them to celebrate this milestone in her life. My granddaughter shares the same birth date with my sister, so we celebrated her, as well. One turned 60, the other turned 6. Both are major blessings in my life.
SLOWING IT DOWN
I drive a lot with my job, and I love to take the back roads in summer time, where I’m surrounded by lush shades of green, set to a bright blue sky. I seem to breathe deeper, as everything just seems a little fresher and cleaner this time of year. I’m reminded to not be in such a hurry to get where I’m going. It’s important to slow it down every once in awhile, and just take it all in. The colors of summer brighten my days and make me want to celebrate just being alive. And, when the work day is over, this is my favorite road home.