Yesterday we paused for a moment to remember all of the people who have sacrificed to allow our country to be free. While Memorial Day has significant meaning to our country, it also serves as the unofficial beginning of summer. These warm days (ok, in Southern Louisiana, they are hot way before the Memorial Day) are beloved by many for an assortment of reasons.

Here is a little bit about what summer means to me.summer means happy mindset

Long, warm days.
Breezy nights.
Bright sun.
Summer thunderstorms.
Slow down.
School is out.
No school zones.
Swimsuits and beach towels.
Sunglasses and sunscreen.
Long slip-n-slides.
Spritzing sprinklers.
Playing poolside.
Swimming parties.
Pesky mosquitoes.
Smell of freshly cut grass.
Charcoal BBQ.
Juicy burgers.
Grilled veggies.
Dewy tomatoes.
Crisp cucumbers.
Sweet watermelon.
Spicy jalapenos.
Perfect peaches.
Bursting blueberries.
Iced tea (unsweetened, of course).
Cool lunches.
Quick suppers.
Fireflies.
Crickets and frogs.
Fireworks.
Road trips.
Mirages.
Sand between the toes.
Breathtaking sunsets.
Friends and family.
Summer reads.
Day dreams.
Purely relaxing.

Summer in Southern Louisiana is a unique blend of sensory delights and simple pleasures. The long, warm days are ideal for outdoor adventures, whether it’s a casual stroll through the neighborhood or a hike in the local nature reserves. Breezy nights offer relief from the heat, creating the perfect setting for gatherings with friends and family, where the smell of charcoal BBQ and juicy burgers fills the air.

Summer thunderstorms, while sometimes disruptive, bring a refreshing coolness and a dramatic backdrop to the season. The rhythmic sound of rain on the roof and the occasional rumble of thunder add a cozy charm to lazy afternoons spent with a good book or daydreaming.

Swimming becomes a daily ritual, with kids splashing in pools, sliding down slip-n-slides, and running through sprinklers, their laughter echoing through the air. It’s a time for community, with neighbors coming together for poolside parties and BBQs, sharing stories and creating memories.

The season’s bounty is another highlight, with fresh produce like dewy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, sweet watermelon, and perfect peaches making meals vibrant and delicious. These ingredients inspire cool lunches and quick suppers, often enjoyed outdoors as the sun sets.

Nights are filled with the sounds of crickets and frogs, and fireflies light up the darkness. Fireworks add bursts of color to the night sky, creating moments of wonder and joy.

Despite the sometimes dreadful heat, I’m a southern gal. Even with 100 degree weather and 90% humidity for months at a time I wouldn’t change a thing about our summers. To me, they are perfect.

What is your favorite thing about summer?