Maria Chimes In: Episode 8 – Summertime Fine
From the tight corridors of a Chinese tour bus to fleeting day dreams by the beach, summer evokes the best in all of us. “The Endless Summer” is often a time for nostalgia while simultaneously being a reminder of the necessity for living in the moment. This week’s segment of Maria Chimes In focuses on the imminent warm weather season, fitting as the Northeast just got hit yet again with a polar vortex. ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb,’ March 1st marks the fateful (glorious) end of winter and establishes the onset of springtime — and soon thereafter the coveted “summertime fine” season.
We discussed the cabin fever that accompanies being cooped up during the winter months. For New Yorkers, the post-holiday period marks a race to the finish, when we can trade in our over abundance of layers for light sundresses and escapes to the outer borough beaches. Summer means beautiful skies and long days, clarity, and the opportunity for exploration. Our inner “chasing fireflies” moments become all the more vibrant, and we are able to appreciate carefree Sunday strolls along the West Side Highway. The summer can serve as a reminder of all that is right in the world, its vast beauty and ceaseless opportunity.
This segment highlights the emotions that are felt during the summer months. We recall the particular feeling summer evoked as children, the sense of fearlessness and endless possibility. Carrying forth a dreamlike quality, the summer has always been a time to seize all that is wondrous around us, and to appreciate each lengthy coming day. We have had just about enough of the snowstorms and feeling cooped up. Hot chocolate has lost its sweet appeal. We are are longing for adventure and sangria, ombre skies and outdoor reading. Perhaps the more we talk of its coming, the quicker it will hear us.