The “dog days of summer” have passed. I know, because I looked it up at dictionary.com.
One would have to be crazy, however, to believe everything they read on the Internet. Gosh, where did we put all 129 pounds (and 32 volumes) of the Encyclopaedia Britannica that mom and dad bought for us those many years ago? Nothing like a good book when you need it!
Despite some confusion about when the “dog days of summer” really are, today was hot, even for the dog. Everything that needed to be done outside was done by 10:00 a.m. By 11:00, it seemed as if lethargy, inactivity, and indolence were the norm. The pond was a wonderful escape, however, and I floated for a while as the sun beat down from the sky above. When it got too hot to bear, over the edge and into the water I went. Always refreshing, even more so when the air temperature is below freezing.
Summer. That magical time of year when the world seems to slow down, even if only for a moment. We listened for the call of the Cuckoo in the woods this warm summer evening, and lingered in the pasture at dusk, watching the lightning bugs as they looked for that perfect (or any) mate. Summer evenings are the perfect time to read a book (as all good children did this night), get caught up on some spoon carving, or dream about that boat yet to be built. I’m constantly amazed at how much there is to read, to do, and to wonder about. How time can be so elusive, especially for those of us who have “retired” from that all-to-normal and routine eight or ten or twelve-hour a day slog we know as work? It doesn’t matter if you love what you do or not, twelve hours of it is way too much!
All this brings me back to the dog days of summer, and Sirius, the Dog Star, who often rises at the same time as the sun. The changing season is upon us, especially in the predawn sky. Orion the Hunter will be up first in the morning. You know him, I’m sure. That short straight-line of three stars that make up Orion’s Belt. Soon to follow will be the sky’s brightest star, Sirius – sometimes called the Dog Star because it is part of the constellation we affectionately know as Canis Major the Greater Dog.
Tomorrow, before your morning coffee, take a peek at the morning sky. Orion will be there; Sirius will be there too, flashing red and blue and white just above the horizon. Tomorrow, be thankful for the dog days of summer and those gifts that have blessed us since the day we were born. The sun, the moon, the stars… not to mention those we love… all part of this amazing symphony we call life.