I bring greetings to you all on this last day of May. Hopefully the new month of June, which arrives tomorrow, will be "busting out all over" as the songwriter said. James Russell Lowell spoke of June saying, "What is so rare as a day in June. Then if ever comes perfect days.
June is a month of new beginnings" and as Plato said, "The beginning is the most important part of the work." Moreover, "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step" according to Lao-Tau.
That first step varies from person to person. Some youth will find it to be graduation from high school, collage or even enter the work force. Life will be different, perhaps many changes must be made. For some folk they must find a new job maybe even move to a new place.
June is also the month of weddings which demands caring not only for ones self, but also for their chosen partner for life. It's for sure that first step is one of the most important time in one's life.
There are a number of special days in June including Father's Day, Children's Day, Flag Day and D-Day. Often its vacation time or at least time to make plans for one if they are fortunate to have an opportunity to have one. When I was growing up I don't remember ever going on a vacation and neither did most of our neighbors and friends. We did, however often enjoy visiting family and neighbors. One of my highlights in was having a family picnic. It didn't have to be a special place. It could even be in our woods or down by the creek. It might be in a park or in the state land. Wherever it was it was always welcome.
June used to be the month when farmers began their haying though now days that task is usually started earlier. As a child, I liked to take drinks to the men working in the hay field. It was always switchel, made with ginger, sugar and water. I have always loved drinking it especially on a hot day. My folks thought it originated in Germany or some other continent.
I enjoy the woodland cathedral with its fragrance and beauty in June. It's especially lovely the first days of the month because the trees and other growths are still dressed in their spring green. It is also the time that one can see blossoms on blackberry bushes for usually they are in bloom. Often the Trillions are also still blooming and there's a quietness all around.
Yes June is a glorious month and the places I enjoy most are found outside. I leave with a poem written by Edgar A. Guest.
June is here, the month of blossoms, month of
roses white and red,
Wet with dew and perfume-laden, nodding
wheresoe'r we tread;
Come the bees to gather honey, all the lazy
Flowers and lassies, men and meadows, love
alike the month of June.
Month of love and month of sunshine, month of
happiness and song,
Month that cheers the sad wyfarer as he plods
The road along;
Spreading out a velvet carpet, green and yellow,
for his feet,
And affording for his rest hours many a cool
and sweet retreat.
Have a joyous June whatever it brings is our gift from God.