We are in Maine, on an island. The only way to get here is to take a ferry and that is nice. Nice to leave so much behind. Today is a breezy, bright and beautiful day, the first day of July. In many ways, this is the first day of summer for us, first day to fully embrace the freedom and sea air and fragrance of rugosa rose that summer brings. We worked hard in schools and alongside educators right up until the last day of June. Now, all of us who work in schools have earned some free time. I am transported to my childhood when I am in Maine. Everything seems so familiar, as if I have always known it...the sound of wind in the pines, the white caps on the dark ocean, the pure song of the white throated sparrow, the tart taste of blueberries. Because I spent many delicious summer months on the Maine coast when I was little, I am instantly happy here.
Tonight, we will cook lobster, laugh, go outside to find constellations and fire flies, and love being with dear friends.
Wherever you are, we wish you a lovely summer, full of all the things that make you feel relaxed, rested, happy and free.
And, Happy Independence Day! Louise and Ashley