Letter from Publisher
Join me in a collective, “Woohooo!!” It’s time to do a summer dance.
Step outside, smile up at the sky and maybe kick off your shoes. We’re looking at the start of summer, the happy beginning of long days and open possibilities. Perhaps the temperatures are not exactly to our perfect definition of “summer in Chicago”, or the mix of sun and clouds could be better, but wow, it’s great to be here again.
If you read my column regularly, you know I love any excuse I can find to get outside, and I hope you do, too. So, starting today, our goal is to savor and revel in the fleeting season of summer. Yes, we all must work and many of us spend much of our days indoors, but I’m asking you to make the most of the time you do have to write new stories and make new memories in the summer of 2017.
Do you remember back in grade school, when the end of the school year was finally here? If you were like me, you attended a school without air conditioning, and the teachers opened the windows to let in some fresh air. The sounds of birds and lawn mowers and people outside followed the breeze into your classroom. Ten days, then six, then three and then—finally—school was out until Labor Day!! The summer loomed ahead of us, and the next school year was impossibly far away.
Of course, we didn’t all have the same childhood experiences, but we all enjoy some special memory of a past summer season. I still get a giddy feeling every year around Memorial Day. The whole summer is ahead of us. I‘m inspired to be outside at every possible opportunity, or at least open wide my office window to connect with the season and listen to the birds.
This summer, try to recapture some childhood wonder and excitement. Find any reason to step away from your daily routine for a quick blast of summer. If you can, visit the lake, picnic at a park or put your hands into the garden dirt. Dance in the warm rain. Sit on the steps in early June and whistle your reply to a robin’s evening song. Pick a dandelion, marvel at its complexity and then close your eyes and blow the seeds to the breeze. Watch the fireflies. Run through a sprinkler. Stay out really late on the longest day of the year. Renew your spirit and refresh your soul.
I leave you with daydreams of the coming summer. Send us a note at Editor@NAChicagonorth.com to tell us your stories and share some new memories.
Happy Father’s Day and Happy Summer Solstice!