To The Herald-Whig:
Every year when summer rolls around, one often sees a sign telling you to enjoy the summer. Truthfully, I don't recall every seeing such a sign telling anyone to enjoy the autumn, winter and spring, yet each of these seasons has its own varied attractions and unique beauty.
After much sober reflection regarding the matter, I've now concluded that one is always told to enjoy the summer because summer is a superlative season where everything in nature is at its zenith in growth and perfection, and best of all, where everything is vibrant and intensely alive.
Therefore, in spite of occasional tornadoes, flooding, violent thunderstorms, flies, mosquitoes and summer's often prolonged and everlasting heat and humidity, it's no wonder that Shakespeare could exclaim so wistfully in his most famous sonnet "Summer's lease hath all too short a date."