The longest day of sunshine in the whole year…and it’s Father’s Day. You have hours and hours to spend with your dad today! What will you do?
– go camping, go sailing, have a picnic, play on the beach, go to the zoo, take a walk in the woods, play in the back yard, snuggle on the couch, climb a mountain, go out to dinner, eat ice cream cones on the porch, sing silly songs, read stories, play with his beard, watch the sun set….
Spend time with your Dad. All you can. There will probably come a day when you have no more hours of sun or darkness to spend together in the world. In those days, you may spend time with your photographs and memories of him instead. It’s not a bad time…..but it’s not the same.
Dedicated, with love, to my dad (George) and the father of my four children (Jim). I miss you this long, sunny day.
The rainbow is a perfect symbol and challenge for this June post! June is LGBT Pride Month, to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. My friend and colleague, Jamie Dedes, alerted me to the history of this on her blog. Here are the facts:
“The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”
I celebrate all the colors of the rainbow, all the diversity of the world, the beauty and variety of life, its abundance and its sanctity. Celebrate with me! Have a colorful day!
This essay is my contribution to the monthly ‘Be Zine’, found here. Check out the other contributions by my colleagues!