How to Have a Summer

Ingredients for a Summer


  1. At 4:30, forget the gym and have a nap in the afternoon sun.
  2. Forget the gym again at 5:30 and pour yourself a glug of wine in a jelly jar.
  3. Harvest whatever you can—however small—from your garden.
  4. Clutch a good novel under your arm.
  5. Don a sweater if the weather refuses to match the calendar.
  6. Walk barefoot across the just-mowed grass.
  7. Convince one neighbor to have freshly cut cedar planks and another to grill over charcoal. Force the wind to waft these scents your way.
  8. Lean heavily into a lawn chair.
  9. Raise your feet onto an elevated platform.
  10. See to it that the jelly jar is still brimming and within arm’s reach.
  11. Sit to read and read and read and read.