Most people define the beginning of summer as the Memorial Day Weekend.
It's one of the best times of the year, as the holiday signals that June, July and August and all of their splendor are just ahead.
Here are one person’s best things about the best season of them all:
The weather. Sure as heck beats February.
Ice cream stands and ice cream trucks.
The beach. No night-time sound beats the soothing rhythm of the waves rolling ashore.
Corn on the cob. Seedless watermelon. Tomato season.
Daylight, daylight, daylight. The longest days of the year are in late June. Sometimes it seems as if the sun doesn’t set until 10.
Vacation. Enough said.
No school. Most of us are done with school and some of us no longer have children in school. But it’s a neat, nostalgic feeling when school is out for the season.
Less traffic. Which means shorter drive-times, especially during the morning commute.
Cookouts. Grilled food and eating outside.
Holidays. The summer has three big ones, and this year they’re all three-day weekends.
Relaxed atmosphere. Relaxed attitudes. Relaxed clothing.
Carnivals and festivals.
The second shower of the day, followed by a cold beer on the deck, watching the sun set, hearing the neighborhood kids at play, dreaming of a summer that will never end.