“Are we there yet?”, “I’m hungry!”, “When are we going to get there?” Each year as my dad packed the family car to head to our summer destination my older siblings would plan this litany of whines to serenade our parents. We treated them to the barrage of questions before we even reached the end of our street. As a pre-teen, I found this incredibly funny. With summer in full-swing it triggers my childhood memories and leaves me yearning to recreate these simple pleasures.
Growing up in Satellite Beach was paradise. I remember riding my bike everywhere: to the Satellite Theatre for a summer movie, to the 7-11 for a treat, and to the high school to take Driver’s Ed and get behind the wheel with my friends. My typical summer day started at 6:30 a.m. as I wheeled my way to Scorpionette practice (our high school dance team), followed by lounging at the beach and maybe a little Glen’s ice cream. We had to leave before the afternoon storm rolled in which put me home just in time for my soap opera.
“Summer ever beckons with the freedom of possibilities that long sunny days foster. It’s a perfect time to cultivate the art of treating ourselves to simple pleasures,” says Claire O’Neil in Simple Summer Pleasures. It is the perfect time to dabble in a hobby or try something new and the Natural Awakenings calendar is bursting with ideas to inspire you.
Like many, a most memorable summer occasion was my wedding day. Summer is a popular time for tying the knot. In this issue you’ll find tips and ideas to help you fall in love with a green wedding. From vegan cakes to eco-friendly venues, every aspect can have a natural twist. You’ll also discover some great summer recipes and protective skincare tips. Then ponder the secret of life with lessons from Gandhi.
This summer, I plan to try a new fitness class and learn a new graphics program. What’s on your horizon?
Here’s to Simple Summer Fun!
Kris Urquhart, Publisher