Isn’t June delightful?

Ah, June. Nobody appreciates June like a Minnesotan.

After months of being cooped up in the house, June is when summer is unleashed.

Days are hot. Nights are warm. Lilacs bloom. The scent of lilacs wafting through the neighborhood is better than any perfume. Mix that with the smell of meat sizzling on the grill and you’ve got a little bit of paradise.

When I was a lifeguard, decades ago, the municipal pool was always most crowded in June. Ah, the pool. Suntan lotion. Skimpy swimsuits. Floating on the water.

There’s only one thing I don’t like about June, and that’s June bugs. I hate June bugs with their big, crunchy beetle bodies more than spiders and wasps. June bugs are disgusting.

But June bugs aside, June is a lovely month. My mother quoted a line from poet James Russell Lowell’s poem that sums things up:

And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days.

7 responses to “Isn’t June delightful?

  1. I love June too! It’s my favorite summer month and it always goes by way too quickly!

  2. I think Wm. Shakespearewas the author I quoted. Please check.

    • minnesotatransplant

      Nope. I don’t think so. A not-so-thorough-but-more-than-a-quick-look using Google reveal Lowell as the author of this phrase.

  3. Yes, you are right. The rest of Lowell’s poem is pretty good too.

  4. pastor Gleason

    I hate June bugs too but they are part of the food chain. And I’m glad they are lower on the chain because I have no desire to eat them, even if they are crunchy!

  5. Reblogged this on Minnesota Transplant and commented:

    Oh, today was one of those rare June days when the weather is perfect. After I mowed and weed-whacked (I hate weed-whacking), the lawn was perfect. too. We grilled out, and our steaks were perfect. These are the days we live for when it’s colder than … well, you know, when it’s the coldest third week of January on record. Midwesterners live for June days.

  6. YOu know what I hate worse than June bugs? Woodticks!

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