What Does Summer Mean to You?



Well, I suppose I should have been blogging about summer two days ago.  I could make the excuse that it is better late than never, but in truth, I am doing everything much slower these days.  That goes for summer to.  We have lots to do this summer with selling our Wisconsin house and moving permanently down to Arizona.  Don’t know what permanently means, but for now it means leaving many old memories behind and embarking on new memories.  We are going to the “land of endless summer” for what just may be the rest of our lives.  Who knows.


“Summertime, when the living is easy.” That line from the musical “Porgy and Bess” by G. Gershwin seems to always resonate in my mind when the warm breezes start blowing the cold weather away in Wisconsin.  We all love summer.  For many of us, it is a time of vacations and connotations of freedom from school and work.  However, why does the song say the living is easy?  I think it is because summer seems to bring that association to mind despite the fact that it is not now nor probably ever was easy.  Nevertheless, we think of the lushness of fresh fruit, vegetables, the farmers market and long days and nights.  It does not matter that we may work all summer, the dream is still there of “easy living.”


As we get older, most of us will think back to our childhoods with fond summer memories of doing nothing but kicking rocks, jumping rope, fishing, swimming off of the old bridge, camping with our friends or weekends at the cabin with our family. Perhaps these are more traditional Midwest memories but no matter where you live, you will have your own memories associated with summer time.  All over the world, people are in vacation mode during the summertime.  Maybe you will spend your summer traveling to exotic destinations or simply taking a short trip to visit relatives.  Summer brings a longing for what we want life to have in store for us as we age.  Summer is a time of psychological retirement years before any of us will ever retire.

What are your best summer memories?  What did you once do each summer that is now simply a memory?  What summer traditions do you still celebrate?  What do you hope your future summers will have in store for you?  Are you living your dreams now or waiting?

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  — Henry James

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”  ― John Lubbock

“The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.”  ― Polly HorvathMy One Hundred Adventures

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret
    Jun 24, 2022 @ 11:40:16

    John Lubbock’s quote is meaningful to me nowadays John. Gone are those days when we want or need to roast in transport travelling to the coast or countryside where we will find too many other people trying to do the same as us! Postponed to cooler, quieter days whilst we enjoy our garden, reading, and just being lazy. We sometimes get round to doing a bit of gardening as well. 😀



    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 07:56:53

      HI Margaret, Yes, I liked that quote a great deal. I think about it sometimes when I am just looking at the trees or watching the birds in our backyard. So peaceful. No worries for them and for awhile not for me, at least not until I turn on the evening news. John



  2. Jane Fritz
    Jun 25, 2022 @ 21:41:28

    I wonder how I missed this post when it came out. Summertime … and the livin’ is easy. You’re right, summer vacation and just playing with your friends all day was great. But you know what, thinking of it (many, many moons ago) kind of reminds me of the feeling I have nearly every day as a retiree! And I can have that same feeling of freedom both summer and winter! And library trips!! 😏 What will you do in Arizona in the summer, go to the north of the state?



    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 07:54:58

      HI Jane, yes, we will head north for July, August and September. We bought a 27 foot medium sized RV and our plan is to live in it for the summer months. Perhaps for awhile we will come back north but with the price of gas these days it might just be north Arizona. We still have many friends in the Midwest but at some point we may just come back via plane for the summer months. BTW, I guess that is why so many retirees say they are “living the dream.” A chance to do what you want to do whenever you want to do it. John

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  3. EvelynKrieger
    Jun 26, 2022 @ 16:59:52

    Hi John. I just wrote a blog post on my summer memories: Mr. Softie’s ice cream truck! (Funny, I was going to title it: What does summer mean to you?). What is astonishing to remember is that my mother had to tell me and my younger brothers when school was going to start. The days truly felt endless and that’s what I remember most. So many wonderful things to do and mostly child-led. Today summer is time for working on my writing (new novel-in-progress) and sending it out into the world. Growing up in the midwest and having settled in New England, I love sunshine, warmth, and even hot nights. Love eating my breakfast outside.



    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 12:23:45

      Hi Evelyn, Feel free to post it on my site or send me a link and I will either post it or twitter it for others to read. Good luck with your novel. I went from New England to the Midwest, just opposites. Sounds like you had a wonderful childhood with many great memories. John



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