Photo by Salt Water New England

Sunday, May 26, 2019

And Summer Begins

Photos by Salt Water New England
Meteorologists say the first day of Summer is June 1st, while the calendar suggests it is not until June 21.  Students think of the moment the last academic obligations are fulfilled, while others note their sudden, mysterious craving for grilled food and chilled drinks.




































13 comments:

  1. And the rest of us mark the beginning of summer as Memorial Day, the day the summer clothes come out.

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    1. If we wore our winter clothes until Memorial Day here in Charlotte, half of us would be hospitalized for heat prostration

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  2. Just so very perfect. Thank you so much!

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  3. Lovely photos! Special thanks for the Plymouth Rock hen and black-faced sheep!

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  4. How charming that summer begins on Memorial Day in New England. I am heading up there on Friday to get away from the summer weather here in Atlanta. It begins in early May and sometimes April. It's been 95 degrees and sunny for days now. I'm so over it and it's not even June yet. Can't wait to be in Connecticut!

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  5. Although this extended weekend is popularly observed as the "Gateway to Summer," it is actually rather appalling to realize how far this has deviated from the original intent of Memorial Day.

    It was to be a time to remember and honor the war dead ... all those lives sacrificed for our current freedom and democratic principles, not to mention the families and friends who grieved (and still do) for them.

    It seems very wrong to celebrate festive barbecues and deep-discounted retail sales held at this solemn time.

    So, for genuine summertime fun & frolic, let's stick to June 21 instead of the day created especially to memorialize our dead soldiers.

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    1. As you probably know, it used to be called "Decoration Day" in the South. That was the day you took flowers to the cemetery and that's what we would do when I was a little boy.

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    2. My parent's generation (in the north) called it Decoration Day - it wasn't changed to Memorial Day until the 70s.

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  6. I say summer begins the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. That is when a lot of us "take a slide" by taking a 4 day weekend.

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  7. Anonymous 9:09 pm, as a Gold Star granddaughter (technically, no such thing, but my grandfather did die in the service), thank you.

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  8. Wishing everyone a happy, safe, and respectful Memorial Day - and a great summer to come!

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  9. Anonymous 9:09 pm, thank you. Today marks both the beginning of summer and the day our family remembers and talks about the generations of sacrifice we've personally had, as well as the sacrifices of others which have given us the freedom for self determination. The trick is in the balancing of obligation to others and the pursuit of happiness for self. As my family, and my husband's family, have had someone serve and sometimes die, in every generation here in America since 1628, we feel the responsibility to ensure a sense of solemnity on this day rather keenly. But we also garden, open the cottage and bbq, weather permitting. Find the balance. Teach your children. Happy Memorial Day.

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  10. We have the same red & white Cobra!

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