So I wouldn’t dream of arguing that summer is the best season, mostly because as you will quickly find out, I adore spring more than any other season. The real problem is that I think a lot of us (me included!) give it a bad rap.
So then why should we appreciate summer?
For many industries, the season means a slower pace at work and in daily lives. As an admin in higher education, it’s particularly true as faculty and students flee and leave a desert behind. Further, my employer offers summer flexible working arrangements (when I worked in corporate benefits administration, this was also the case on Fridays). This pace also gives more folks a chance to vacation for extended periods of time.
As much as I love spring, it entirely lacks the national holidays that bookend summer. Think about it, other than President’s Day in February, there are no other national holidays until Memorial Day. That’s 3 and a half months without a holiday (after a season of constant holidays – Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Martin Luther King Day). It’s a brutal stretch. Even though summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, we kick off the summer season with Memorial Day weekend, the middle is marked by July 4th, and the end comes with the Labor Day weekend, all of which are excellent holidays.
Longer days – After the shortest of short days in winter, the long days of summer are just delightful. I adore the summer solstice (June 21) for just that reason … (It also that marks the anniversary of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix release date). Being able to enjoy all that vitamin D and sunshine until 8 or 9 p.m. equals the warmth that summer brings.
No layers – Rather than grumble about the heat, we should celebrate the fact that we no longer have to carry jackets or wear long pants or long sleeves during summer. The ability to wear a light cotton shirt is something we take for granted and I love being able to leave all the layers at home in the morning. The same goes for ditching the thick socks and the big boots. Embrace the light-weight clothing!
Summer Movie Season
For other people, winter means Oscar movies, but since I prefer action and romance films, summer offers the best chance to indulge. It’s also the time of year where I can spend more time at the movie theater (and enjoy the AC!). I have AMC A-list, a cool subscription service, that allows me to enjoy whatever movies I want. Yes, I watched Avengers: Infinity Wars and Deadpool 2 (on opening night even), but I’ve also seen Solo, Ocean’s 8, The Incredibles 2, Ant-man and the Wasp. Happy blockbuster season!
Fruits (the berries and the melons) are so delicious (and much less expensive) during the summer. It’s a wonder that we don’t look forward to the season for just this reason. I adore strawberries, but I won’t pay the exorbitant price for them in winter, not because they cost more, but because they don’t taste all that good. The perfect meshing of cost and taste is why I appreciate summer. These fruits are a considerable change from the apples and bananas that I eat throughout the rest of the year.
Honestly, as the weather turns nice (and warm), it’s a lot easier for me to move around even more. In the winter, I hate bundling up to go to the gym. I notice a drop-off in that as well as the numbers of steps that I achieve. Yet when it’s warmer, I do more walking (2 – 5K difference), and there are more activity events outside. For example, I occasionally enjoy outside work-outs (yoga in the park) because I’m not forced to be inside, and I love fresh air.
From being outside to summer foods, summer is an underrated season. I’m sure there are countless reasons to appreciate it more than we do. What is your favorite thing about summer?