Even with three months of 95-plus-degree weather, almost everybody looks forward to summer for one reason or another. To me, summer means fresh strawberries, flip flops and an evening stroll with the dog. It may be hot, but we can relax while the kids remain slouched in front of the TV with no homework lurking.
Here’s why others are lovin’ these lazy days of summer:
“My favorite thing about summer is the way the sun shines. It looks more alive and robust. In autumn and winter it looks tired and worn out. In spring it looks like it’s just waking up. But in summer it shines full of life, and everything living reflects that feeling.” – Jennifer Welch, 27.
“Summer means coming home. It means catching up with old friends and missing your new ones. Summer is having a remote in one hand and a homemade meal in the other. It means making money. Summer is not having a roommate and sleeping on your familiar double-sized bed.” – Cadie Hancock, 18, sophomore, Centenary College.
“My mom has more time to make my pancakes in the morning.” – Sydney Merritt, 5, kindergartener, Frostwood Elementary.
“No need to make a school lunch for my daughter.” – Karen Anne Vinson, 49, business owner.
“My favorite thing about summer is blackberry cobbler with homemade ice cream and a glass of crisp rosé on a summer night.” – Frani Broussard Denenburg, 31, attorney.
“I love to swim, eat popsicles and play in the park in the summer. My birthday is in the summer.” – Sophia Shebay, 7, second grade, Horn Elementary.
“I love the humidity. It keeps your skin looking younger.” – Marjorie Milby, 94.
“I love summer because it’s a transition. Especially this summer. Not only am I moving from my junior year to my senior year, I’m finishing up my preparations for the Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen pageant that I will be competing in this July. I love summer because it’s a time that you can dedicate to yourself.” – Margana Wood, 17, senior, Lamar High School.
“…with the hot weather also comes all of the great ways to escape the heat. My personal favorites include finding a nice spot in the shade at the pool with an ice-cold beverage, as well as taking a trip to the beach/surf to swim and go fishing.” – Jay Jacobs, 34, chief financial officer.
“All my 10 grandchildren come to spend time with me, and I drive them to Camp Fern.” – Sondra Maxfield, 70, director of senior services.
“There’s no schedule. I love grilling – ribs, steaks and even fish.” – John Thornton, 50, meat-processing company owner.
“What I love about summer is the heat … of life ascending … and the fruition of all that follows.” – Ron Hartgrove, 66, jewelry designer, artist, writer.
“My favorite part of the summer is when the kids are in the pool, the barbecue is going, and there are no time constraints.” – Renee Davy Oakum, 48, realtor.
“I love hanging out at the pool with my friends. I have more time to practice with my band, Triple5Seven.” – Austin McGinnis, 12, seventh grader, St. Mark’s Episcopal.
“My favorite thing about summer is having a chilled glass of chardonnay with good friends after showing houses all day in the 1,000-degree Houston heat.” – Charity Yarborough, 58, real estate broker.
“What I love about summer is that I can sleep ‘til lunchtime.” – Sam Krezschmar, 14, freshman, Strake Jesuit.
“Summer reading – there’s just no time during the year. During the year for teachers, there’s always something looming overhead – grading, writing in comments. I love the lighter and slower pace of summer.” – Shauna Thornton, 51, teacher, St. John’s School.
“What I love about summer is going away and spending more one-on-one quality time with my family.” – Hedley Karpas, 48, realtor.
“What I love about summer is the extra time outdoors with my wife and boys, either at the pool or playing games or simply talking.” – Lance Orton, 36, director of media and facilities.
“I love sitting on the porch with my glass of wine watching my neighbors walk by with their dogs or children, or just out for exercise. We started doing this during Hurricane Ike when we had no air conditioning for two weeks and have continued to sit outside and talk to those passing by in the evenings.” – Roberta Murray, 60, recently retired, Bellaire Human Resources Department.