Dog Days

dog days

“And though I heard some wise man say

That every dog will have his day

He never mentioned that these dog days get so long.”

The Eagles

Whew, it’s humid and rainy this summer in the midwest! We are officially in the dog days of summer. I thought they were so aptly named because all of us dogs just lay around trying to stay cool, but that’s not what the ancients believed. They blamed the heat on Sirius, the Dog Star that shines during the day along with the sun. You can’t miss it at night, it’s the brightest star in the sky. Doc and I go outside and look at it on clear nights.

The dog days are not such a bad thing really, we all need to slow down. You humans can join in by sitting in the rocker on the  porch with a glass of iced tea, savoring the summer. I like the evenings after supper the best. As the sun sets and the world quiets down, the fireflies come out to play and light up the sky like twinkling stars.  Then, the frogs in the pond start singing in a loud chorus, while the locus hum along. Doc told me when she was little girl, she and the neighbor boy would catch the fireflies in a jar and release them in their bedrooms so they could watch them until they fell asleep. How relaxing to be lulled to sleep by mother nature.

So savor the summer, take time to relax and enjoy, it will be gone before we know it. Meanwhile I am going to contact who ever names stars and see if they will name one Grover. Hopefully it will have a goatee like me.

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