It’s Officially Summer at Kirby Pines

Summer is officially here! Even without a calendar, the higher temperatures we are experiencing let us know summer has arrived. During these hot days, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the heat for long periods, and, above all, have a sense of humor. Humor can make these hot days more bearable.

Summer is associated with picnics, vacations, barbecue, watermelons, fresh peaches, and family gatherings. Summer is also associated with long hot days and nights, known as “the dog days of summer”. Just as staying inside, drinking iced tea and eating ice cream can help keep you cool in the summer, a pleasant outlook can always help to keep you “cool”. With this in mind, allow me to share with you something that a friend recently sent to me:

Smiling is infectious;
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin,
When he smiled, I realized
I’d passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile,
and then I realized its worth,
Single smiles, just like mine,
can travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected.

I hope this brought a smile to your face, and that you will keep that smile going by sharing it with a friend. Remember when the day or night is much too hot for your comfort, soon, very soon, the temperature will be changing. Why not begin by helping me honor my friend’s wish and smiling the summer away.