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    Slowing down for Summer Time

    By: Christy V. Temple

    It’s hard to believe that in less than a week we will already be celebrating Independence Day on July 4th, 2017. Where does the time go? It seems only yesterday that we were celebrating Memorial Day and now it’s already at least a month removed from our lives. Oh, and don’t get me started on the fact that in general, even though they say summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, that it already seems like to me that summer is half over.

    Why would I say that? Well, I used to get really happy to see the first day of summer. Now, however, I realize that once that day passes then each night thereafter we lose a minute of daylight. I know that may seem petty but I hate to start thinking about losing a minute of sun. Let me tell you that those days add up quick and before you know it the sun is now sinking 30 minutes faster than it did before. I guess you could say that I really, really hate winter and all it stands for so when I think about the sun going down quicker each night it just automatically makes me start thinking about that dreaded season. The truth is that I love summer so much that I just don’t want to see it go away so quickly. I want it to linger forever and yet I know I have no control over it.

    Anyway, the point in all of this is that time really seems to pass so quickly these days and it seems like I have a birthday twice a year as opposed to once a year because it seems to come up so often. I don’t recall time being in such a rush when I was a kid but then again I didn’t have the responsibilities back then that I do now as an adult. You know, it’s funny, when we are kids all we want to be is older and when we’re older all we want to do is to go back in time and be a kid again.

    Sometimes I really do think that it would be nice to have a time machine to be able to go back in time long enough for our adult selves to tell our kid selves what it’s like being an adult and not to rush things. Then, as an adult, I would like to go back and relive some of the fond memories I had as a child especially when I’ve had a very bad day dealing with all of life’s little eccentricities.

    So, what is the answer to slowing time down? To be honest, I don’t think we have that ability. I wish I could slow down the clock at certain times in my life and speed it up in others, especially the difficult times, which always seem to last a lot longer than the others. Alas, that is not how life works. I suppose the best answer I can give, and not to sound too cliché, is to truly live life to the fullest by taking in each and every moment and savoring it a bit longer, study it, embrace it, let it envelop the deepest parts of you and then move on knowing that you’ve done all you can do for that time period.

    I know I am going to try my best to take my own advice this summer and not let the little things pass me by because even those things are important and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Each and every day is a blessing. It’s very hard to remember that but we would all do well to give it another try.

    My hope for you this summer is that your constant motion will become moments of quiet reflection and you will take the time to remember what you did this 4th of July and savor every last minute of it. Oh, and if you need some great stories to read about Independence Day or the history of our great nation, stop by the Daviess County Public Library and check them out!

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