Each year I carefully note both the shortest day of the year and the longest. I do my best to be aware of the exact moment these milestones occur. These are important to me not only because of the seasonal meanings but because they signify something deeper. And the older I grow the more significant they become.
Remember that Twilight Zone episode where the earth was supposed to have moved too close to the sun and everything and everyone was going to burn up? Yeah. That’s this summer. Where I live in Michigan we’re on track to beat the record for number of days over 90° by the end of the week. And, since humidity is always a huge factor here, it’s been difficult to do outdoor things. Other parts of the country have had it much worse! So what can you do when it’s too hot to do anything? Do these things!
When I was a kid the ice cream truck, carefully timed to arrive after dinner every summer evening announced itself with the loud playing of a bouncy tune I believe, about chickens. My favorite treat was the orange pushup; a soft ice cream in a cardboard tube that had a plastic disc in the bottom and a stick protruding from the end. You used the stick to push up the disc which raised the ice cream to a lickable level.