June 21st marks the arrival of Summer. Most school schedules have taken a Summer break and swimming pools await the throngs of sun worshippers. As Oscar Hammerstein II wrote in 1945, “June is bustin’ out all over.”
Summer’s rhythms appear all around as the earlier sunrises and later sunsets bring indescribable colors for a visual delight. Fragrant ripened fruit and vegetables and freshly mowed grass offer aromatic pleasures. My childhood Summers also brought wheat harvest, one of my favorite seasonal activities. Those flat Texas plains turned golden with ripening wheat in the hot sun and breezes. That often irritating sensation of hot wind blowing against the skin and messing the hair reminds us that Summer has arrived.
Looking back on my farming beginnings, I observe a connection between the harshness and the strength of the Summer months. The trees—what few there are on the Texas plains—hold strong in the Summer’s windy heat. Garden crops and yard shrubbery grow stout to withstand the daily fifteen to twenty miles per hour “breezes.” It amused my husband on his first visit to my family’s farm to see all the trees leaning north.
Summer also brings tornado season, when Nature fiercely demonstrates her power. Developing strong roots, in spite of the often daily weather adversity, proved valuable to those Texas trees. Likewise, it’s important for us to cultivate a strong and healthy internal root system in order to withstand the difficulties life sometimes throws at us. Summertime, with its climate extremes, offers the perfect growing season to tend to our inner roots. Once again, our beautiful body responds to seasonal change. Learning to care for our body’s Summer needs directly affects how well it will function in the Fall/Autumn and Winter.
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