June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice has long been celebrated by civilizations across the globe, with numerous festivals, rituals, and traditions taking place as the earth’s axial tilt reaches its closest distance to the sun. National Daylight Appreciation Day recognizes this special day, encouraging people everywhere to celebrate the longest day of the year, and to consider the sun’s many benefits. Sponsored by Solatube International, Inc., a manufacturer of Tubular Daylighting Devices, National Daylight Appreciation Day places emphasis on the importance of daylighting, the cost-effective practice of lighting indoor space with the sun’s natural light with the use of windows, skylights, doors, and reflective surfaces.
Between our busy work schedules and a trip to the grocery store for some “extreme couponing,” Chris and I didn’t get home until after 7:00 PM EST this evening. Realizing that we’d hemmed and hawed so much, but still had over an hour and a half before the impending 8:37 sunset was reason enough to celebrate! But we decided that, to truly appreciate this longest day of the year, we would stay outdoors and enjoy the (muggy) weather until the last bit of sun disappeared. We shared the first leg of our “journey” with our four pups, who were more than happy to accompany us on a walk. My parents, who live just a short distance up the road, came along for part of the stroll. After a brief period of walking through the dense humidity the dogs were starting to look a little worse for the wear. So we bid adieu to my parents, returned our canine-kids to the air conditioned house, and spent the last minutes of daylight sitting on the bench in our front walkway. Our house is in the middle of three acres, nestled high on a hill that affords a beautiful view of the surrounding wilderness. As I sat there, taking in the peaceful sights with my head resting on Chris’s shoulder, the smell of summer was so wonderful that it filled me with excitement about the upcoming months. I was so overwhelmed I even told Chris I wanted to go camping!
Maybe I’ll get my wish…one of the upcoming holidays we’re considering is the Great American Backyard Campout. But before we get ahead of ourselves we’ll need to celebrate tomorrow’s “unofficial”, National Chocolate Eclair Day. It’s so hard to be us!