My midsummer funk

Posted on July 17, 2011 by

I’m in a funk and I don’t know why.

After all, it’s summer and there’s beauty all around me – gorgeous gardens; warm, sunny days; time spent with loved ones enjoying relaxing activities with little to worry or care about; silly movies, lobster rolls and ice cream; beaches, sand castles,   picnics, festivals, fireworks and more.

But I still have a sense of foreboding, and it usually hits me around mid-July, half way between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when summer clothes go on clearance, stores start advertising early back-to-school sales and the days get noticeably shorter each sunrise and sunset.

I love summer and all that it offers. And I felt so invigorated on its first day in June as I savored all of its promise. But the promise turns at times to disappointment, frustration, even fear and anger during these so-called idyllic days. Trouble can lurk around the corner, bees sting, knees get scraped, mosquitoes bite. Ouch!

So what’t the cure to my midsummer malaise? Trying to look on the bright side of life by keeping busy, weeding the garden, writing a story, venting to friends. All this helps and makes me realize that, while it’s mid-July and summer’s now entering its second half  and racing towards the finish, good days still lie ahead before we face autumn’s brilliant colors and falling leaves and winter’s snow, cold and ice.

And, while I don’t want to wish my life away, I know that looking ahead, six months from now, it will be January, the days will get longer, spring catalogues will be in the mail and I will again have the promise of summer approaching in the future, instead of looking it squarely and watching it disappear before my eyes.

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