Friday, 2 September 2011

A perfect summer -- by Peggy Senger Parsons

Peggy Senger Parsons is pastor of Freedom Friends Church, a Christ-centered, gay-friendly Quaker meeting in Salem OR. This post is reprinted with permission from her blog A Silly Poor Gospel 13 Aug 2011.
I am having a really great summer.

As you know, I believe deeply in the spiritual and emotional benefits of seasonality. I believe humans are hard-wired to need renewable predictable change. You should eat, wear, and do different things in each season. When fruits are fresh and abundant you should eat them until you are sick of them. Then you should not eat them until you crave them and have to wait for them again.

I have a recipe for a perfect summer. It includes:

  • a bowl of cereal, eaten in the backyard with my own strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
  • a day at the beacha visit with a large group of Quakers
  • a motorcycle ride with friends
  • fireworks
  • going out late in the evening for ice cream
  • fireflies
  • extra reading; 1-mystery, 1-Sci fi or fantasy, 1-true crime, 1-chick lit
  • a home grown tomato
  • a long solo bike ride without a map or destination
  • an extended road trip
  • an outdoor concert
  • enough free time to be bored at least once
The right combination of these things creates the sense of time stretching. This summer I have almost re-created that childhood feeling of the endless summer. I am deeply grateful.

I won't see fireflies this summer, and the tomatoes are in doubt, but I am knocking off everything else on the list.

We went on the road most of August. Covered five states. No computer, nor even a cell phone. When I wanted news (not always) I would buy a newspaper (while I could) and mail a few postcards (while we could). Eat when we are hungry and stop when we are tired. No flight plan. Sounds like heaven to me.

And when we get back, there will still be three weeks until school starts. Life is good.

What is on your summer list?

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