- Henry said "Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." In Tennessee summer, for me, it's summer morning... but I agree with the spirit of Henry's statement. Do you?
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Week 6 ...The Pros & Cons of a summer afternoon
While I do not necessarily agree that “summer afternoon” are the two most beautiful words in the English language, I can appreciate the sentiment that is expressed by Henry. Summer is a very unique time and for most people summer holds a special place in their hearts. Summer is the time of fun, adventure, exploration, youth, and love. There is a freedom and felling of infinite possibilities that are associated with summer time. A laziness and unspoken or unwritten acceptance of lesser responsibilities. On a summer afternoon everything is in full bloom outside. On a summer afternoon one can spend time outside with friends and family. One can swim in the lake, swing on the porch, or lie in the grass and gaze at the sky. All these things are difficult or impossible to do in the other seasons around the year.
However, Henry is not lost on the disadvantages of summer as well. Henry also says, “there is the emptiness of summer as well…”. Henry takes into account that people go on holiday or do other things, like those previously spoken of, except they do them in different places. The summer has a way of sometimes taking away the people that you love and creating an emptiness as well. Therefore, when the school, or the church, or the town is empty while people explore and enjoy summer, the “summer afternoon” that was once so anticipated, can become a dreaded routine. On a side note, the two most beautiful words in the English language are “complete independence”.