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Moons, Junes and Ferris Wheels

The month of June has arrived. For many people, it is the beginning of something new and maybe something very different. For me, it has always been my favorite month of the year, because it meant the school year was over and I was free to sleep in, work in the flowers, read and stay up late--activities I could only dream of during the school year. Words from Judy Collin's song "Both Sides Now" comes to mind: “Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels, the dizzy dancing way you feel as every fairy tale comes real” (Collins, Judy. "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell. Wildflowers. Elektra. 1968).

Although it was difficult at first to get used to working in the summer at the church, I have mostly adjusted. Working at the church takes up some of my time, but there is still enough time off to experience "that dizzy dancing way you feel." With all the rain we had in May, my woodland trail where I walk my dogs has changed dramatically. There are so many different shades of green, flowers blooming, and butterflies everywhere. This and the birds singing are sometimes hard to leave behind and go to work.

June is also known for graduations, and weddings. We celebrated our high school graduates in May but now in June they are probably starting to realize how much their life is going to change. There are lots of important decisions to be made: to have a roommate, class scheduling and, if you are commuting, where you will park. It seems that the colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies in June. These graduates are faced with all kinds of new beginnings that most likely will be finding a job, maybe moving, and finding a place to live. For our newlyweds, Malia and Derby, June is the time they will be starting their new life together as a married couple. For our graduates and newlyweds, I found this blessing at "May June bring you joy, happiness, love and lots of sunshine" (

For the rest of us who are continuing on our usual path, I found this advice at which really can be used for any month of the year: "Welcome first June and end 30th June by setting goals, saying prayers, and working hard,"(

I want to take the time to enjoy the month of June with all the outside activities I love to do, especially before it gets dry, buggy and just plain hot. But time seems to fly nowadays and Dr. Seuss sums this up by saying "How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” (Pease, Donald E. Theodor Seuss Geisel: A Portrait of the Man who Became Dr. Suess. 1951). I hope you enjoy your June whether it brings the start of something new in your life or it's just your regular days. June will pass by too soon.



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