Ah, summertime! The rising temperatures, bursting sunshine, and extended days make it the season of endless fun. But it isn’t just the warm weather and blue skies that make summer feel like paradise. It’s the little things that spark the magic, like enjoying a fresh lemonade, driving with your music up and windows down, and afternoon barbecues that last until the moon rises. Below is our list of small joys that will have you wanting it to be June through August forever.
There’s something about fireflies that bring your childhood wonder to light. These showy critters emerge during the mystical time of day when the sun settles into the horizon, and they shine and shimmer to attract mates. It’s fun to chase these swaying bugs through the yard and catching them in your hands is a treat. But remember to set them free so they can find their summer love!
Cooling off in the Ocean
Nothing beats dipping your feet into the ocean for the first time of the year. The way you can taste the salt on your lips and feel the push and pull of the waves is revitalizing. Plus, it’s the best way to cool off after a long trek over hot sand!
Enjoying a Juicy Slice of Watermelon
Of course you can buy watermelon any time of year, but nothing compares to taking a bite into a slice of this sun-kissed favorite while basking in the sun. It’s hydrating and enjoyable, as long as you don’t mind the sticky juice trickling down your face. It’s part of the experience!
Drinking Freshly-Squeezed Lemonade
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Literally. Twenty five cents or not, a glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade is a staple of summertime flavor. It’s refreshing on a hot afternoon and could be best enjoyed as you’re winding down on a porch swapping stories with good company.
Driving with the Windows Down
Hello, invigorating summer breeze! When you’re cruising down the road, there’s nothing that can uplift your mood like rolling down the windows and pumping your favorite tunes. You’re on fire and the world is your oyster. Enough said.
Going on Summer Vacation
Summer vacations are what dreams are made of. You know, the type of trip where you’re adventuring on the boardwalk in flip flops smelling of sunscreen, enjoying corn dogs and Italian ices from street vendors. Then you wander into a cute gift shop for overpriced souvenirs and own at being a tourist. Live your life to the fullest!
No other season encourages lounging and lingering outside like summer does, and barbecues are perfectly suited for this. How can you not hang around when there’s a fired-up grill, refreshing drinks, and great company all in one backyard? Summer barbecues bring all good things together, and that’s a fact.
Watching a Summer Thunderstorm
You know a summer thunderstorm is rolling your way when the air becomes heavy with anticipation and dark gray clouds fill the sky. Then, within seconds, it’s down-pouring and the rumbles are enough to make the ground shake. But there’s something calming about the warm rain and misty environment quenching the hot Earth. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a rainbow when the sun shines through!