On the First Day of Summer…

IMG_9316.JPG…my searching brought to me,

A droplet on a lady slipper.

An alternate caption might read: “You know it’s really summer when…”Go take pictures of ladyslippers” makes the Top 3 on your to-do list for the day.”

As we all know, summer in Minnesota is furiously fast and fleeting.  Every year I vow to slow down and savor it better; every year, I promise you, it’s shorter.  But the faster it seems to go, the more determined I am to enjoy it, and so in that spirit, I’d like to announce the first in a series of a summery, illustrated version of “The 12 Days of Christmas”!  Stay tuned!

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

 

Hero Status

IMG_9087.JPGThe inevitable question that all small children must ask came this spring: “Mommy, why did God make mosquitoes?”

Ah.

So, I passed on that comforting little piece of information I once gleaned from the back pages of  Jim Brandenberg’s Looking for the Summer, that mosquitoes are the only known pollinators of certain tiny swamp orchids.  God must really like orchids.  Also, there must be a lot of orchids out there.

But mostly, what would the dragonflies eat if there were no mosquitoes?  Dragonflies can eat up to 200 mosquitoes as day, apiece.  They would lose all their hero status if there were no mosquitoes.  Aren’t dragonflies awesome, kids?

They nodded their heads solemnly, thoughtfully at this, and there was a little more bravery the next night when the inevitable high-frequency whine of The One We Missed began after lights were out.

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

It’s always the goal, always doable, but sometimes we just have to work a little harder at it.