• Susan Morris

Happy First Day of Summer

June 21, 2021 is the longest day of the year in most time zones in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are Some facts you might not know about the June solstice:

1. In the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight, the June solstice is also called the summer solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, it is the shortest day of the year and is known as the winter solstice. 2. First Solstice of the Year Solstices happen twice a year - in June and December. The June solstice happens around June 21, when the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. The December solstice takes place around December 21. On this day, the Sun is precisely over the Tropic of Capricorn. 3. When the Sun Seems to Stand Still Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sun and sistere, meaning to come to a stop or stand still. On the day of the June solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer. It then reverses its direction and starts moving south again. The opposite happens during the December solstice. Then, the Sun reaches its southernmost position in the sky - Tropic of Capricorn - stands still, and then reverses its direction towards the north.

4. It's the First Day of Summer... Astronomers and scientists use the date of the June solstice to mark the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. For meteorologists, on the other hand, summer began almost three weeks ago, on June 1. 5. The Earliest Sunrise of the Year Doesn't Happen on This Day Even though the June solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, most places do not see the earliest sunrise of the year on this day. The earliest sunrise happens a few days before, and the latest sunset takes place a few days after, the June solstice. Sunrise and Sunset timings in your city

My wish for all of you today is that you are happy and will have fun this summer. The word FUN- conjures up so much in me. I have a hard time having fun. I was ten, eleven years old, when my friend invited me to go to the Beatles movie-HEL. My twin sister wanted to go so but wasn’t able to because my friend’s mother said no. SO while I was watching the movie, eating popcorn, and having fun, my sister got into a bad bike accident. When I came home, I saw her with a bandage on her mouth. She lost her two front teeth and had her upper lip sutured. Unconsciously, I blamed myself- for a long time.

Being an adult child of an alcoholic also contributes to this, and if we suffered childhood trauma. I think we have a hard time having fun. We take ourselves too seriously. We can’t help it. I couldn’t be carefree as a child; something wrong always happened.

Glennon Doyle, the author of Untamed (https://untamedbook.com), has a podcast where she talks about having a hard time having fun. It’s a good listen: (On Apple Podcasts)

Once I recognized my pattern of feeling guilty for having fun (years of therapy helped), I’ve been getting better at having fun and not feeling guilty about it. I want to sign up for golf lessons this summer, and I want to go kayaking, walk on the beach and be carefree. I am safe now. I have nothing to feel guilty about, and I will try to have a ton of fun this summer. I hope you do too.

We deserve it!!