Ah, summer days! My favorite time of the year. Even in Texas, with our periods of high 90- or 100-degree heat, I still love the summertime. I like everything about it. I enjoy my morning runs with the earlier rising sun, humidity and mid 70 temps, or an afternoon on the patio researching, studying and reading followed by a late dinner under the stars.
As many of you know, I grew up in Iowa. Summer to us meant the smell of a freshly mowed hay field, sweet corn in July, holding a yellow dandelion bloom under someone’s chin to see if they liked butter (I still believe that one is an urban or shall we say farm, myth) and the Iowa State Fair. For me it also meant spending a week in Minnesota fishing on Leech Lake and eating freshly caught crappie and lake perch every night.
In celebration of summer and the upcoming Fourth of July I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite quotes on summer:
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
—Philosopher Sam Keen
“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
—Essayist and Poet Henry David Thoreau
“Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.”
—Brian Wilson, Founder of The Beach Boys
“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
—Author Henry James
“If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue.”
“The grill is the summer equivalent of a fireplace; everyone gravitates to it.”
—Food Critic Katie Lee
“I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there.”
—Actor Jack McBrayer
“We go old-school during the summer, like swimming or setting up lemonade stands. I try to teach my kids to make their own fun.”
—Olympic Champion Gail Devers
“I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day.”
—Comedian Lewis Black
“A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.”
—Philosopher Raymond Duncan
“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”
—Sportscaster Al Bernstein
“I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.”
—Artist Susan Branch
Summer, the best time of the year. Enjoy your time with friends and family this coming weekend as you fire up the grill, maybe take in a ballgame, and enjoy the fireworks displays.
Remember, at this time of year, if you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.
Enjoy your journey!
Gary A. Weuve, CFP®
Founder and CEO
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