I need more summer in my life (don't you?), so I'm adopting the ancient Celtic calendar - in part. They had two seasons, summer and winter, each six months long. Now, six months of winter sounds like a giant bowl of suck, but six months of summer sounds . . . awesome. So, I'm going to have six months of Summer, almost two months of Autumn, and two months of Spring . . . which leaves just two months of winter. Look! See what I did? I just doubled the amount of Summer without increasing the heat and humidity! Amazing!
I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks to the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives. Ann Voskamp
Summer now begins on May 1 and runs to November 1. Since October is going to be part of Summer, it will be officially "Indian Summer". Fall starts November 1 and goes until December 21. Or until Christmas, which would make Christmas like a celebrate winter thing as well as a commercial holiday - I haven't decided for sure. I mean, I'm remaking the whole calendar to suit myself, so I might as well go all out. Anyway, whenever winter starts, it will go to February 1. That means it no longer matters what the rodent sees on Groundhog Day, it's Spring, baby! And Spring will run from Groundhog Day to May 1. All of Amy's Seasons will be capitalized, except winter, which I am demoting until it learns to be a little more pleasant.
This seems like a good system to me. It corresponds roughly to the weather (are you listening, winter?) and doesn't disturb the solstices and equinoxes. In fact, the Summer Solstice, which in the UK and in old books was often called Midsummer, actually is in the middle of summer now. So, I cleared up that little misunderstanding in one fell swoop. Hey, if you can't change the weather, at least you can change the calendar! Happy Summer, especially now that there is so much more of it to enjoy!
Hi, I'm Amy Anna, and I'm an artist, photographer, and writer. I'm a Person of Unrelenting Curiosity, so come explore with me.