Sunday Dinner: Celebrating Summer

“It was only a sunny smile,
and little it cost in the giving,
but like morning light it scattered the night
and made the day worth living.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“People of our time are losing the power of celebration.
Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained.
Celebration is an active state,
an act of expressing reverence or appreciation.
To be entertained is a passive state-
-it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle….
Celebration is a confrontation,
giving attention
to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
“And so with the sunshine
and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,
just as things grow in fast movies,
I had that familiar conviction
that life was beginning over again
with the summer.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“To live is to be marked.
To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story,
and that is the only celebration
we mortals really know.”
Barbara Kingsolver
“Take the time to celebrate stillness and silence
and see the joy that the world can bring,
Tony Curl
“Shall we walk through the woods;
dance through the meadows;
and celebrate the miracle
of this garden world?”
Leland Lewis
“I almost wish we were butterflies
and liv’d but three summer days –
three such days with you
I could fill with more delight
than fifty common years
could ever contain.”
John Keats
“Summertime. It was a song.
It was a season.
I wondered if that season
would ever live inside of me.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“What life expects of us is that we celebrate.”
José Eduardo Agualusa
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2019 
from The Williamsburg Botanical Garden and the Colonial Parkway

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