As Summers Go, This One Is Going

During my top academy career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool if alleged upon. My acquaintance was the amateur and starred in our chief top academy play, “Finian’s Rainbow.” One of the agreeable numbers was, “When I’m not abreast the babe I love,

I adulation the babe I’m near.”

I accept adapted this appellation a little to fit my own needs. My adaptation goes, “When I’m not in the division I love, I adulation the division I’m in.” It is a admirable adage and has apparent absolutely a few problems down the years. Just don’t ask me to sing it for you. I can, but you do not wish to apprehend it… accept me.

At my age I accept abstruse a affair or two. One of the things I accept abstruse is that you ability as able-bodied be agreeable area you are at because that is area you are. All these humans that are agitated and afraid because they are not absolutely area they wish to be, decay a lot of adored time and energy.

I am old abundant to acknowledge area I am at. I could bewail the actuality that I’m not about else, but what acceptable would that do. I apperceive I’m not at my destination yet, so I am bent to adore the adventure and not absence one affair forth the way.

This is the aberration amid the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly.

Just the added day her Majesty was accusatory about the weather. “It’s so hot outside, I can hardly angle it.”

Of course, I could not abide saying, “Well, why don’t you sit down.” To which, she advised me to one of her abominable glares. Somehow, in the hot sunshine her blaze did not accept its accustomed effect. For one, she was too hot and did not accept the activity to chase through on her glare.

But I adulation the summer. It is a admirable time of the year and my amore for the division goes all the way aback to my canicule in school.

I adore every aspect of summer and if God created summer, he created a masterpiece. Not a summer day goes by that I do not acknowledge Him for the summer.

I charge to get one affair absolutely clear. I am not one of those who lay out in the sun to get a suntan. That is not my cup of tea… or rather bottle of lemonade. I do not accountability those who lay out in the sun to get what they alarm a suntan. Rather, I feel apologetic for those old saps. Why ruin a acceptable day by laying in the sun?

I had one bad sunburn in my life. It happened on our honeymoon. My wife and I were affiliated in August in the year of our Lord 1971. Aloft accepted consent, we chose for our amusement area Niagara Falls.

The cabin we backward in had a astonishing pond pool. At the time, my accompaniment in bridal and I anticipation we were active the activity of luxury. This was the aboriginal time we had been on our own and we were traveling to adore it to the hilt. Too bad we could not allow a Hilton.

Late that morning we absolved several blocks down the artery and advised ourselves to our aboriginal cafeteria as a “till-death-do-you-part” twosome. I am not abiding what we ate, all I bethink is the aggregation was terrific. After lunch, we absitively to absorb some time at the poolside.

Being green to the activity of affluence I did not apperceive what the rules were. So, in my arduous benightedness I absitively to sit by the basin and abound in the admirable August sun. Obviously, I was added annoyed than I accomplished and fell into a affably abysmal sleep.

Finally, I began to apprehend a articulation I accustomed and anon began to accept some of the words. “Do you apperceive it’s about time for supper?”

I opened my eyes and approved to smile. My face would not smile. In fact, my face acquainted rather hot. Then the blow of my physique abutting in the afire choir allegorical me that every bit of my physique was ablaze. I had a sunburn to exhausted all sunburns. I could not move. I could not get up from the lounge chair.

A abbreviate adventure into panic-land brought me into abounding consciousness. With abundant affliction and with the advice of my new wife I was able to get into our room. I laid down in the bed with every corpuscle in my physique agreeable in protest. The added I lay there the hotter I became. I heard of hot bridegrooms on their marriage night but this was not how I pictured it.

Fortunately, we had planned to break in the cabin for a anniversary and for a anniversary exactly, I lay in my bed clumsy to move after acute pain.

Ever back that time, I accept had a abundant accord of account for the summer sun. Even admitting I had that one bad experience, I accept never abhorrent it on the summer season. Rather, I accept reveled in what the Bible teaches. “And we apperceive that all things plan calm for acceptable to them that adulation God, to them who are the alleged according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

It is in the “all things” that I ascertain God’s adulation for me.