In the week since I’ve been back home, the weather has been magnificent and very un-Sweden like. It’s been sunny and warm and just perfect. It makes me worry. I worry because I don’t know how long it will last. Every day, I am afraid that this one will be the last sunny and warm day of the summer. It’s such a crazy fear. But it’s one that you live with in this part of the world as this weather is definitely the exception and not the warm.And like a squirrel hoarding nuts for the long winter, I do the same with sunlight, soaking up as much of it as I can before winter comes. We all do here.
I grew up in Cincinnati where a long and sunny summer is the norm. It’s not uncommon to have sunny days with temperatures around 25 to 35 (80s and 90s) from April to October. If we are lucky, we get about two weeks with temperatures in the 20s here. I figure that means my two weeks are about done now. So when a thunderstorm and heavy rain came through this morning, I worried that summer might now be over. But the sun has come back out and the temperature is up around 24. So for now at least, summer is still here.