I love this time of year, not for the long, hot steamy days, but for the long, cooler fragrant evenings. While a beautiful summer day is glorious, the potential for a magical summer evening makes the beauty of that day linger even longer. Some days, especially summer work days, I long for the evening when I will be free to enjoy the delights of the evening. Certainly, everyone has different ideas on how to enjoy a summer evening, but here are my suggestions for some good “Night Moves” …
1. Go outside. You can’t fully enjoy a summer evening from your air-conditioned or fan-cooled home, you have to go outside. You really do. If its hot inside, that’s all the more reason to go outside. It will only be cooler. And if you can’t go outside, fling open a window and lean out … a bit. Look around.
2. Feel the air. Feel how the evening air moves against your skin. Truly, I am not kidding. Notice the evening air against your skin. It has a different feel every evening. I love the feel of a crisp evening breeze against my face after a late afternoon rain. But I also love those evenings when the air has cooled just enough to wick the sweat off my arms from the 95 degree day.
3. Go for a walk. Do it with a friend or a spouse or your kids all in tow. Or do it by yourself…that can be even better. Move slow or move fast, take long strides or short ones, but move in a way that makes you feel good. The evening is yours. Enjoy the sights and use your senses, all 5 ….and more if you have them!
4. Stand under or near a pine tree in the waning daylight. Then, inhale. If you’re lucky, you will catch a gentle scent of beautiful fresh pine. Its my favorite sweet perfume on a hot summer evening. Wafts of summer pine, as well as, ripe peach and newly shucked corn are all on my list of fine summer fragrances.
5. Look up at the sky. What color blue is the sky tonight? I only ever think the sky is blue. At midnight it’s that black, inky blue. When the sun is setting, its silver blue with rainbow colors, pink and yellow, red and orange. I’m not an artist, and I admire (okay…envy) artists who can paint the colors of the sky. The sky probably has more shades of blue than possible names for blue. Ochre pit blue would be a good sunset color name. I like entertaining what other sky blue names there could be, and certainly, I’ve wasted time on lesser thoughts.
6. Look for fireflies. I mean this as a metaphor. My daughter would understand. I keep asking her, “Where have all the fireflies gone?” Sometimes I just don’t see them. Fireflies exist in the summer, but they can be hard to find. You have to carefully look for the magical, the special. Look with expectation and you may notice some magic of nature – a flower, a bird, a star in the sky – that has special meaning for your life right now.
7. Stop and Pause, before you enter your home. Then, Listen. Is the wind talking? Are your neighbors listening to music? Are crickets chorusing loudly? Are birds calling goodnights to family members? Hold on to the comforting sounds. Think of them as the ringtones of your life downloaded for free. And allow all other sounds to be carried away by the wind.
I wish you a good evening, all summer long.
Life is fine,