Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Brother Sun, you have reached the height of heights, you reign supreme today. Live it up because tomorrow, well - you know about tomorrow - that's when you begin your slow dive. This is as it has always been, and how it will always be until the end of planet earth.

It's a harsh solstice in Washington DC. After an extended spring of incredible, Colorado-like weather, summer has arrived with a hot, heavy thud. It will be close to 100 F. today, terribly humid. The sky is already the color of hot metal, the sunshine hazy. It's only 8:00 a.m.


I'll be staying indoors mostly today, working on clients. Of course I will have to get out there in the worst of the heat, between clients this afternoon, to taste the day. I won't be tilting against the heat as I once would have, no way. But I have to experience this first day of summer. I'll nip down to Eastern Market, run an errand or two, then slip into the shower before my last client.

I am very grateful to live in a comfortable, well air-conditioned space. Sending energy and cool to all the people who work outdoors, from postal delivery people to dog walkers to laborers to the Capitol police.

Happy Solstice, y'all! Shalom.


jeanette from everton terrace said...

I must learn not to tilt against it.

ellen abbott said...

happy solstice. summer is official though it's been summer here for most of the month. thunderstorms around us kept if nice yesterday but it's warming up fast out there. the garden is almost done.

Reya Mellicker said...

Jeanette I'm still tempted even though I know it exhausts me and is probably bad for me in many other ways. Sheesh.

Ellen I think of solstice as mid summer. Usually it has been summer here for several weeks. It arrived all at once today.

Washington Cube said...

Stella D'Oro Daylilies! Pinch off the dead blooms to keep it going, Reya. I always SS on the 21st, just choice. Nasty weathah, isn't it? I have one friend who always says, "Weather is weather." I say "go fry an egg!"

Kerry said...

Sounds like a long hot summer day indeed. Here in Oregon it was a spectacular day, sunny and cool, like a spring day elsewhere. A long lovely day, and my last day of work.

Anonymous said...

I often think of the police Reya. If the situation is the same as Australia, they don't get paid well for what they do.The uniforms must be very hot added to the extra equipment demanded of them, and working in all sorts of weather conditions. Even watching the Queen attending all her celebrations recently, I wondered if she had to wear a bullet-proof vest - wouldn't be comfortable for long hours.
I guess at the height of suffering heat, we mere ordinary folk don't have to concern ourselves with gloves, hats,protective vests and other uncomfortable clothing, and we can up and leave a situation whenever we want.

Steve Reed said...

Happy solstice! :)

I'm ready for the days to get a bit shorter. We're having WAY too much daylight around here now. (About 18 hours!)

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks, Steve!

Well said, Pam. Indeed. As for the queen, at least it was rainy and cold so if she had to wear protective gear, maybe it helped keep her warm.