Today is the summer solstice of 2012; affectionately known as the longest day of the year, it marks the beginning of summer. Really, it's still a 24-hour day, but today we have sunlight for the longest period of time. A day I look forward to pretty much all year. I love, actually crave, the long summer days, and it is wonderful when they finally arrive. Up early in the morning and staying outside, usually working in the yard and gardens, or just sitting outside enjoying the season, until dark. Who cares if supper isn't until 9 p.m. or later! It's summer!
My heart sings and celebrates this time of year! But, we all know what goes up, must come down. Sadly, after today, the dawn will gradually come later, the sun will creep away to set earlier, and I will find myself looking forward to the summer solstice of 2013.
Happy solstice, and happy summer!