2010年6月21日月曜日

Happy Summer Solstice?

Yesterday three people wished me a happy summer solstice and Meg's teacher wrote at the end of his note home "Today's the summer solstice! Fight! Let's not give in to the heat!" (Meg's teacher doesn't seem to know about the full stop. He ends each and every sentence with either a question mark or an exclamation mark or multiple exclamation marks.)

I think I am the summer solstice grinch. No celebrating the longest day for me. Oh no. I'm too busy mourning the fact that tomorrow will have fractionally less daylight than today. And the next day less than that. And the next day, and the next day.... Might as well be resigned to our fate and just go get the snow gear out of storage now, yeah?

It would make much more sense to me to have the summer solstice at the end of summer. After a whole season of sun-filled fun and sun-ripened tomatoes and sun-warmed peaches and just reaping the sun's goodness in a plethora of ways I would be quite happy to say thank you for your hard work sun, it was good while it lasted, see you next year.

But June? Swimming hasn't even started for the girls yet, we're still just harvesting the Spring veggies, the tomatoes are thigh high and covered in flowers but not really reminiscent of long summer days and it just feels wrong to be on the downhill slide into winter already.

Sob sob.

Commiserations on the Summer Solstice to all.

And I don't want to hear a word from anyone in the southern hemisphere...

6 件のコメント:

katy さんのコメント...

Down here it means we are now back on track to normal waking hours. AM SICK of 4am wakeups by Shou. He was in our bed at 4 this morning - trying to catch some of my hair with his crane. He was in Granny K's room by half four and then outside terrorizing the cat at 4:43. Can't leave a four year old outside on his own so up I get - AGAIN.

Bring on the end of summer and shorter sunlight hours. Sorry. You probably didn't want to hear from people in Southern Japan either!!

Sara さんのコメント...

ahhhahahaha...

we have black out curtains.. they have saved my life.. or at least my sleep.

gosh sun-warmed peaches sound awesome... yum peaches in general! i have a batch of lemon bars cooking right now which has made the house insanely hot, but they will be worth it!!

happy summer solstice.. enjoy your cool nagano breezes

illahee さんのコメント...

i'm on your side, heather. i would wear black in mourning but it's too damn hot. but you get the idea. one of these years you and i need to get together on winter solstice and have a bonfire! or a BBQ....

Rachel さんのコメント...

I DID wear black today, with a bit of white. And moaned to everyone I met about how tired I am! so I had a big energy dinner of steak and once the girls have finished their homework we are all going to BED! So much for a celebration

Lisa さんのコメント...

Sigh! I love long days. I feel like you do; this is just the beginning of the end.

Do kids in Japan go to school year-round? When do families usually schedule vacations?

thefukases さんのコメント...

Yeah for summer solstice mourners! And wow, just wow to GW. I have to say losing naps at kinder gave me an extra hour in the morning but that's not really helping you is it as you have another 2? 3? more years of naps? AGHHH!!

Sara- we have blackout curtains! And I taped them down a while ago incase a crack of light was getting in. I don't know what it is. The kids are hardwired to dawn....

illahee- can we go to yours for the winter solstice festivities? Snowbanks and BBQs are not my idea of fun!

Lisa- school holidays are determined by the prefecture here and Nagano has the least in Japan. Meg gets a paltry 3 weeks summer holiday, 11 days winter, about the same Spring and then just National holidays. It's pretty brutal. Lucky she likes school, huh?