The calendar says summer officially arrives on Saturday.
This has been a brutal spring, starting with the pandemic and all of its trappings, and punctuated with the recent civil unrest.
I'm ready for some of those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Maybe the next few months will not be a classic summer in the truest sense, but anything not containing a lockdown, self-quarantining and being unable to eat inside a restaurant sounds pretty good.
Here are some of the best summer thoughts to ponder, plus a snarky comment or two from your chubby host:
º "Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." — Henry James.
My thought: Well ... maybe right after, "Play ball!"
º "I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June." — L.M. Montgomery.
My thought: You mean, like Florida?
º "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?" — John Steinbeck.
My thought: I assume Steinbeck was referring to an ice cream cone in mid-July.
º "Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August." — Jenny Han.
My thought: Most years, it's hard to argue against that theory, 2020 could be an exception if the first half of the year is any clue to what is coming next.
º "Summer ends, and autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night." — Hal Borland.
My thought: Yes, but when summer ends, that means football season has arrived. There's always a bright side, right?
º "The grill is the summer equivalent of a fireplace; everyone gravitates to it." — Katie Lee.
My thought: Not necessarily when I am cooking.
º "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." — Sam Keen.
My thought: Oh, I don't know. I can find that same respectability in any of the 12 months.
º "Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier." — Zooey Deschanel.
My thought: I would feel much happier if we could have a full 162-game baseball season.
º "If summer had one defining scent, it'd definitely be the smell of barbecue." — Katie Lee
My thought: Some prefer the scent of a rose or lilac, or maybe a freshly mown lawn. Me? Give me the smell of that well-done burger or brat on a barbecue Saturday.
º " ... I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer." — F. Scott Fitzgerald.
My thought: After the past few months, we can only hope so.
º "I like summer. I like warmer weather and long days." — Danielle Steel.
My thought: Check. Check. And check.