"The question, "Which is the happiest season of life?" was asked of an aged man. And he replied: "When spring comes, and in the soft air the buds are breaking on the trees, and they are covered with blossoms, I think, 'How beautiful is spring'; and when summer comes and covers the trees with its heavy foliage, and singing birds are among the branches, I think, 'How beautiful is summer.' When autumn loads them with golden fruit, and their leaves bear the gorgeous tint of frost, I think, 'How beautiful is autumn.' And when it is severe winter, and there is neither foliage nor fruit, then I look up through the leafless branches as I never could until now, and see the stars shine in God's home."- Source Unknown
I had a wonderful Midsummer despite the fact that I had to work. On Midsummer's Eve, after burying my herbs in the ground along with my troubles and setting out a few little cakes for the fair folk, I sat quietly outside in the dark until the wee hours of morn...just marveling at the magnificent universe above. I knew I was going to feel it yesterday, but I just couldn't seem to pull myself away, and yes, I was so, so tired when that alarm went off, but feeling so much at peace with myself.
I'm not gonna lie. Work was a struggle. Once I ate my breakfast, my eyes just wanted to shut, and I wondered why I hadn't just called in sick for the day. I'm kind of lucky where I work in that we are allowed to burn incense and scented candles, so shortly before Solstice I lit a lavender scented candle, closed my eyes, and quietly said a prayer welcoming the new season. No one asked what I was doing. And I didn't care if they did. They all know that I am a Druid and pretty much know all about my beliefs.
Later that night after a light dinner of chicken and a salad, I chopped up some watermelon for dessert. I have to tell you, though, my mouth was watering for our traditional strawberry shortcake dessert, but the fact is, I've not been doing well on my diet, and I am pretty much ashamed of my lack of will power.
And then, it was off to bed, very early. Forget about White Collar and Covert Affairs. I'll see the reruns on Saturday.
So, tell me dear friends, how did you spend your Solstice?