Gary Brown: Simple pleasures that accompany spring and summer
Standing to see a sunset or watch a sunrise.
Walking on a warm evening without putting on a jacket.
Stopping to watch the antics of a butterfly on a sunny afternoon.
Washing a car and waving to a neighbor.
Sitting in the shadow created by the leaves of a fully loaded shade tree.
Standing beside a barbecue grill and listening to music.
Studying the Big Dipper in the night sky, and picking out the North Star.
Taking a hike in a park you’ve never seen before.
Picking a wildflower and letting it touch the tip of your nose as you sniff its fragrance.
Playing “fetch” with a dog.
Reading a book with a breeze in the backyard.
Riding a bike on a nature trail.
Admiring the pattern made on a lawn by a mower on freshly cut grass.
Sitting in the bleachers during a child’s baseball game.
Feeling the awesomeness of a thunderstorm.
Listening to lawn mowers in the distance.
Smiling and nodding at a stranger on a walking track.
Drawing the last handfuls of dirt around a newly planted flower.
Hearing the chirping of crickets.
Viewing fireworks or watching a parade and hearing the collective “oohing” and “ahhing” that escape, almost unassisted, from us.
Picking out a new — soon to be favorite — pair of sunglasses.
Sipping a cold drink on a hot afternoon.
Tending a garden at dusk.
Catching a lightning bug.
Stopping to chat with a friend on a sidewalk.
Stepping outside the house at night and discovering, with delight, that there is no sight — nor smell — of any “cats” with white stripes.
Flying a kite with kids.
Taking time to play croquet at a picnic.
Resting in a hammock.
Being able to open a window on a warm night.
Using your lunch break to sit outside and feel the sun against your face.
Riding in a convertible with the top down.
Strolling through an outdoor festival.
Listening to an open-air concert.
Simply being alive enough to sense the seasons.
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