Soulful Reminders of Summer Lessons

summer natural world Aug 08, 2019

Soulful Reminders of Summertime Lessons
©Jane A. Simington PhD.

The month of August is upon us and with it comes the draw for families to retreat from the business of city life into the calm and peace-filled realms of the natural world. What is it, about the lake shore, the forest that mesmerizes? What memories are awakened?

My daughter’s i-Phone messaged photos and Facebook posts of her children’s enjoyable times during their lakeside vacation, engaged in trail-biking, fishing, boating, water-skiing, and cliff-jumping into clear mountain waters, stirred in me numerous past summertime vacation reminders of when my own children were engaged in similar activities.

The resulting nostalgic conversations with my husband, as we shared in the joys of our daughter’s family, tripped both of us into a reverie, reminiscent of the stanza from Fiddler on the Roof.


Is this the little girl I carried? Is this my little boy at play? I don’t remember growing older; when did they? When did she get to be a beauty? When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn’t it yesterday that they were small? Sunrise sunset, sunrise sunset; swiftly flow the days.
 Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers, blossoming even as they gaze.
Sunrise sunset, sunrise sunset; Swiftly fly the years.


Pondering the “Down and under” and “Up and out” emotional elements of the lyrics reminded me, that in every moment of reminiscing, there is always a choice to remember and re-enjoy, or to recall and grieve for what is no longer.
Perhaps the greatest gift in our summertime’s luring back to nature, in the re-awakening of how through Her seasonal changes, Nature reminds us of the constant Turning of Life’s Wheel. 
I have seen many sunrises and many sunsets, some joy-filled, some tear-filled. The photos sent from my daughter of her sons’ summertime glory made me aware that in all of my experiences,  the sum total of what I have learned is of the preciousness of youth and of the deep need to celebrate their special moments; for there are rarely second chances to do so.


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