bike riding

It's All Downhill From Here

Tonight is the summer solstice, which means starting tomorrow, there will be less light in the evening. It’s too bad that the retreat from sunlight occurs so early in the summer, but whoever is in charge of weather and daylight isn’t taking suggestions. 

Incidentally, the days of the summer solstice and the winter equinox are the only two facts my father remembers from high school Earth Science. This day, and this weather, reminds me of him. When I was little, my family used to ride our bikes around the neighborhood after dinner on summer nights. My dad had a red road bike, and he was able to cruise across the quiet streets of New Rochelle without any hands. 

But you don’t need to be sentimental to enjoy the feeling of riding with open arms down a sunlit street on a cool summer night. That’s just a pleasant feeling. And a feeling, starting tomorrow, there will be less time for.