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QOTD- Summer or Summah?

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I want to give full credit where it is due here.

A few years ago I started listening to an excellent podcast on the Earwolf network called ‘Who Charted?’, hosted by Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack. In it, the two hosts invite a guest to go over the weeks music and movie charts and discuss popular culture. Excellent stuff. But the charts aren’t my favorite part of the show. My favorite part of the show is a concept Howard introduced early on, one that seems to be very important to him. The concept of Summah.

Summer is a season that follows spring and precedes fall. Where I live, it usually falls between June and September, and is generally characterized by hot weather and rampant children. It is a side effect of the earth’s rotation around the sun, just as our concept of day and night is purely a result of the earth’s rotation on its axis. Summer happens with or without our participation in it. It just is.

Summah, however, at the risk of sounding like a college kid who works at a bead store, is a state of mind. Summah is what it felt like when the bell rang on the last day of school. It’s the feeling you get when you wake up on the first day of your vacation, after the traveling is done and you have nothing but days of free time ahead of you. In summah, you wear impractical shorts with no pockets and sunglasses indoors. You watch tv outside and run into the street for the ice cream man.

The first time I heard Howard use the word ‘summah’ to differentiate it from ‘summer’, I was all in.

In my recent memory, I’ve been living through summers. Months with different names. But I remember when I had summahs. And I want that feeling back.

So, as of right now, I’m livin’ summah. With Howard as my Yoda, I set off toward the Degobah System of relaxation. I’ve got my gum all picked out. (Listen to ‘Who Charted?’ to get that reference.)

Will you have a Summah? Or did you have yours already?

Or maybe it’s just a page on the calendar.

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About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

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