summer, noun, sum·mer, the season between spring and autumn comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of June, July, and August or as reckoned astronomically extending from the June solstice to the September equinox
So, thus, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines summer as a period in the calendar. But I believe that it is much, much more than that.
There’s something different and significant about the summer. The unbearable heat, the growing gratitude for the smallest breeze, the restless nature of the times.
We feel restless, yet also appreciative of the time for rest from the rigors of the school year. Unsure what to do with the suddenly free time. In the essence of the issue, we are at odds with ourselves.
In literature, many characters undergo some type of change during a summer of their lives, be it within, as in mental or spiritual for example, or perhaps in the circumstances in their life. I can recall Amy March’s summer in Europe (Little Women) and Vicky Austin’s various summers either traveling or at her grandfather’s (The Austin Family series by M. L’Engle).
I would define summer as a period of change and of growth. It certainly has rung true in my life. This summer is my first summer off in a long time and I have been enjoying the chance to rest and jump into the world of art once more. Sleep is truly wonderful.
So ends my little reflection on the meaning of summer. What do you think about the period of summer? Is it just a season? Leave a comment below!