June 20, 2012
The Summer Solstice
There are plenty of traditions for the Solstice. I always wish I read Midsummer Night's Dream, and stayed up late into the night. But the one thing I do make sure of is to be awake the entire day of the solstice, as if the gradual decline in length of days that begins tomorrow is actually immediate, and we'll never see the sun again. I'm jealous of those more North, where the gloaming lasts for several hours, and the sun doesn't actually set till 10 pm.
Tonight, I will continue my own summer tradition: I will sit outside on a bench, watching the fireflies. Our apartment complex, thankfully, has lots of trees, so the shaded courtyards tempt the fireflies, and they begin their nightly dance around 8.30. I light two citronella candles, pour a bit of anisette over ice, and watch.
Happy summer, everyone!