Saturday, May 31, 2008

The perfect summer day

When you're Swedish, you patiently wait through darkness and cold during the winter for that perfect, glorious summer day that makes the wait all worth it.

Today was such a day.

Bringing my alien kids here (and going through jetlag hell...) seems all worth it when I can give them a day like this. The perfect Swedish summer day. We might live in California and be used to sun and blue skies - but this, this sure is special. I hope my kids will learn to appreciate it, because this is not their life, they don't know about waiting for months to take off your shoes and walk barefoot through the damp grass in the morning, for the sun to be up so late it never really gets dark.

We have spent the day smelling the lilacs, hunting down the best pine cones, checking for wild strawberries, counting all the boats go by on the water, listening to all the birds singing and feeding their baby birds in the wooden nesting-boxes, getting the evening bath in small tubs outside on the wooden patio in the warm evening sun.

The perfect Swedish summer day.

9 comments:

Isle Dance said...

Beautiful!

Saltistjejen said...

Ååååå! Ja, svensk sommar när den är riktigt bra är den allra bästa som finns!!!!!! :-)

Peter J said...

Vilken tur med vädret ni har. Spara lite bra väder till när vi kommer.......... !!

Annika said...

Men vad härligt!!! Hoppas nu att det vackra vädret håller i sig!!!

Petra H said...

Jag är såååå avundsjuk!! Hoppas att vädret håller i sig och jag får det lika fint i midsommar...
Är det inte roligt att det är det första vi tänker - att vädret måste hålla i sig - lite som det typiskt svensk uttrycket "uppehållsväder" ;-)

JaCal said...

Isle Dance - yes, perfect island living! ;-)

Saltistjejen - jaaa - det har varit en perfekt helg!

Peter J - ja, makalös tur... helt ofattbart... det ska hålla i sig sägs det.

Annika - ja, underbart, ljuvligt, fantastiskt!

Petra H - ja, hoppas verkligen det. Skulle vara lite komiskt om det nu blev 11 grader och regn på Midsommar efter denna inledning... ;-)

Lisa said...

Hej! Just found your blog. Love this story! I'm from San Francisco, looking to relocate to Stockholm (when the "right" career opp comes along) and can't wait to experience my first full Swedish summer...

I also invite you to check out my blog: sftostockholm.blogspot.com

Trevlig sommar!

JaCal said...

Hi Lisa - how fun! I have to check out your blog and follow you becoming an American alien in Sweden - haha! You should be here right now - it's fantastic! ;-)

Anna said...

åh vad härligt! anna uk