Now that the summer is only a few days away we can officially start preparing for the warm weather, summer vacations, barbeques, trips to the beach, time by the pool and all the other wonderful things that come with the months of June through August. Summer is a time of year that many people look forward to because of the long evenings. Traditionally, children got extended school breaks during this time of year and most working adults fit holiday schedules around the summer months. Even though more children now learn online or are homeschooled than ever before (and thus might not adhere to a traditional summer schedule) and more adults are now working from home and making their own hours (and vacation times regardless of the time of year or weather), the long-lasting association between summer and leisure remains intact and there are many things that are still associated strongly with summer and summer alone. Below is a list of three things that are synonymous with the summer season.
Fireflies are tiny flying bugs that belong to the beetle family. Fireflies (also known as “lightning bugs”) get their name due to their ability to light up and emit a green or yellowish glow. Due to their ability to illuminate themselves, fireflies are most visible at night and in the late evening around sunset and twilight. There are several types of firefly species in the world with differing biological time clocks, but in the United States fireflies are strictly summer bugs seen throughout June and September. It is rare to see flies before or after these months and so they are usually regarded as something to be enjoyed only in the summer. Fireflies are gentle insects and they can be easily caught in a child’s hands and placed into a glass jar (make sure to leave oxygen holes in it so they can breathe) to be observed. It is fine to place several fireflies in a jar together since they will interact harmoniously but they should be let out of the jar after an hour or two at most. Fireflies are living creatures and they must be threated gently and be allowed to fly freely as nature intended.
Swim in the ocean
For anyone who lives on a coastline it goes without saying that the beach never goes away and it is possible to take a walk by the ocean even in the winter (just be prepared to bundle up and suffer through strong winds). Yet it is only in the summer that people are legally allowed to swim in the water. Due to the dangers of drowning in strong waves, undercurrents and whirlpools, it is illegal to swim without a lifeguard being on duty. Since ocean waters in the United States are generally freezing any time of year beside the summer lifeguards are only on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hence, in order to enjoy the ocean waves in accordance with the law, one must visit the beach during the summer days of lifeguards and monitored water. Going to the beach is an excellent way to cool off during the hottest days of the year and it is a lasting tradition particularly in places like California and Long Island.
Winter, Autumn, and even Spring can be chilly and require articles of clothing that cover the entire body such as blue jeans, sweatshirts and sneakers. The heat of the summer allows people to leave the house sans a few layers of clothing and while this is not exactly a highlight of the season for the modest or those with body image issues it is a great time to wear sandals. Most women, in particular, have a love for shoes and sandal designs—from flats to wedges—are usually very cute and often inexpensive (or at least less expensive than boots and sneakers). Having the opportunity to wear sandals is something that many people look forward to, especially those who hate the cold of the winter and the effort of getting all bundled up before stepping foot outside of their dwelling. Younger woman in particular will view the opportunity to wear sandals as an opportunity to get pedicures and put nail art on their toes and this makes the summer season especially popular for spa days.