I’m a happy camper these days. The May Gray is over and we’re into June, which means summer will soon be here. I know some people say that summer begins after Memorial Day, but I go by June 21, summer solstice, which I like to call, “Yay! It’s Finally Summer” Day!
And as a bonus, June 21 is also Father’s Day, which means we get to go out and celebrate with Mom and Dad. And me and my siblings Geno, Lulu and Hugo, love going out with Mom and Dad because we know we’re going to get some great food and drinks at a great local restaurant with some cool people.
And June 21 is also the longest day of the year, which means more beach time, walks, snoozes in the warm sun and that celebration with Mom and Dad.
By the way, did you know that solstice comes from the Latin “sun stands still?” That’s because for several days before and after the solstice, the sun appears to stand still in the sky.
The word June also comes from Latin, from the word “juvenis,” which means “young people” and the month was named after the goddess Juno, who was the goddess of marriage and also responsible for looking after the wellbeing of women.
I guess that’s why they call the month of June the marriage month. I’ve been told that more people get married in June than any other month. That’s where they get “June bride” too. And according to that old wives’ tale, “Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day. Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.” Who are these old wives anyway? They sure are poetic.
There are some other special days in June too, such as June 16, National Fudge Day and June 18, International Picnic Day and June 19, World Sauntering Day, which is one of my favorite activities.
June is also National Accordion Awareness Month, National Candy Month and National Great Outdoors Month, all things I can get behind. The one thing I can’t get excited about, at least for our family, is National Adopt a Cat Month. I’m more excited about June 26, which is Take Your Dog to Work Day. But does that mean we all stay home that day because Mom does most of her work at home? Well, we’ll just have to make the most of it!
Have a happy June! There’s a lot to celebrate!