Mine is the Month of Roses; Yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower’s scythe makes music to my ears;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mr. Longfellow’s beautiful description of the month of June is missing a few things.
June brings us to graduations and Summer vacation. Graduates proudly don their caps and gowns. Children everywhere have been unleashed from their daily grind and freed from the scrutiny of teachers and obligation of their studies. How will your children be filling the void? Is the break for Summer too long, too short, or just right? It’s always too fast for me. Summer seems to be over in the blink of an eye. Share your feelings in our poll: Are School Summer Vacations Too Long?
Do you have a graduate in your family? Tell us of your pride and reminisce with us of graduations past in Throwback Thursday’s – Looking Back At Graduation.
Are you a Candy Crusher? It’s a good time to start as June is National Candy Month. The game is hit and has been sweeping Facebook. How many hours have you spent playing? In a conflict of our eating desires, it’s also the month we celebrate Fresh Fruit and Vegetables. They can put a man on the moon, but they can’t invent a way for candy to be grown in the garden? I long for a bush of Hershey Kisses next to the tomato plants. Until that day, check out the fun of owning your own cotton candy machine and be sure to try the best ever veggies and potatoes recipe the next time you fire up the grill.
It’s National Adopt a Cat Month. If your heart is open and you have the time and money, think about giving a needed home. I was ahead of schedule by a few days. We have a new little furry friend named Simba that has joined our family. While I have always considered myself more a dog person, I have fallen in love. Give your cat a hug and extra treat on the 4th as it’s Hug Your Cat Day. The secret life of outdoor cats was revealed in What Your Cat Doesn’t Want You To Know.
Sewing has become a dying art. There was a time when there was a sewing machine in every house on the block. Some mothers were excellent seamstresses and some of our clothes….well, they were made with love. The sewing machine came to the US in the mid 1800’s and June 13th is Sewing Machine Day. Let us know if you’re handy with the electric needle and thread and how often you sew. Snicker’s told us of an even older art and how she became a scrappy quilter. While her quilts are hand-sewn, anyone who crafts will find The Season For Quilting an enjoyable read.
We honored our mothers in May and now it’s dad’s turn. Father’s Day is June 16th. Read Pam’s tribute to her wonderful father and IW contributor, Emil, in our IW classic of the month Happy Birthday Dad.
As we moved into June, World MS Day took place on May 29th. Did you know that MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young people? Dreams: My Journey With Multiple Sclerosis is the new memoir of singer/songwriter Kristie Salerno Kent. In it, Kristie writes of her struggle with denial after her diagnosis and how she came to achieve her dreams. Thank you Kristie for sharing and bringing awareness in Dreams: My Journey With Multiple Sclerosis.
June 29th is Hug Day. We’d like to give a big one to the victims of the recent tornadoes that have tragically struck the Midwest. Our hearts go out to you.
As always, grab your coffee, tea or wine and feel free to discuss what’s on your mind. Share your celebrations or tears and don’t forget to enter our latest giveaways!
Lily Doe has written for ImperfectWomen.com since 2009. She has never been shy about sharing her opinion and enjoys writing on a variety of topics. Her life’s focus is sharing good times with family and friends.