Summer Solstice

June 22, 2008


The Summer Solstice snuck up on me a bit this year. One of my best friends had a beautiful baby boy a few days before the Solstice, and being present in a birth always changes ones perception of time.
Everyone celebrates the Solstice in different ways, for us we spend a week ushering in Summer. Sometimes we celebrate the last week of Spring, with a culmination on the evening of the Summer Solstice, and other years (like this one) we celebrate the entire first week of Summer beginning with the Summer Solstice.
On Thursday I sat down and really thought about the fact that I have not spent the kind of quality time with my children recently that I normally do. I decided that on this first day of Summer, I would pack them up and have a fun filled day. I really vowed to just give my entire day to being together, quietly and calmly, and enjoying the change of the season.
We started the day with a walk with some friends, as the children gathered material to make fairy houses later in the week and enjoyed the cool breezes that the late morning had to offer.
From there the boys and I headed into the Poudre Canyon to spend time at one of our favorite spots along the river. We spent hours building sand castles, following snakes and a lizard, splashing in the water, choosing river rocks, napping, eating and reading books. It was truly the perfect afternoon. I need to reconnect with my kids, and doing that in nature always makes for a sweet combination. Summer Solstice is one of my favorite days of the entire year (second only to Winter Solstice). It is a time to give thanks to Mother Nature for all the beauty and natural treasures that we are given each day. It is a day to spend outside, with friends and with family, and to be grateful for all that we have.
Happy Summer

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