Yesterday marked the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere), as well as the official first day of summer.
Summer? What’s that? we may be asking ourselves, after having last year’s pretty much taken away from us by the pandemic. But now that so many in the country have been vaccinated, we’re finally venturing out again to eat indoors at restaurants, go to the movies, local parks, and the beach. Even ride the Giant Dipper roller coaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, screaming in glee all the way, letting out some of the pent-up stress and anxiety from the previous fifteen months.
As for me, I’m looking forward to maskless barbecues this summer, as well as cocktail parties in our back yard, enjoying gin and tonics, finger food, and the company of friends that I so dearly missed during 2020.
And walks sans mask along the ocean with Robin and Ziggy, stopping to chat with folks along the way. And baseball and the Tour de France—with spectators once again! And most of all, hugs—long, tight, squeezing HUGS! Boy, did I miss that.
But I’m also looking forward to continuing some of the activities we did over the past year, such as eating outdoors at restaurants who’ve set up sidewalk cafés, replete with planter boxes and heat lamps.
An now that summer is here, those heat lamps aren’t even necessary, and we can dine outdoors in our aloha shirts and flip flops. And the good news—at least here in Santa Cruz—is that the county has agreed to let restaurants continue this practice, at least through the end of the year.
So I say, happy summer to you all, and may you enjoy it in the company of family and friends!
Readers: What are you looking forward to doing this summer? Are there any changes due to Covid that you see as positive and hope will continue into the future?