This empty boardwalk should be teeming with sun seekers dressed in bathing suits, eating ice cream cones, carrying beach chairs or picnic baskets and heading out for a sunny day at the beach. Where are they?
During the summer, this blue mussel bed at Rainbow Haven Beach is usually a magnet for children looking for crabs at low tide. It too is desolate.
Although we’re already well into July, endless weeks of rain and cooler than seasonal temperatures have made Nova Scotians feel like we have yet to experience summer this year. Our winters can be quite harsh with lots of ice, snow and cold, but our wonderful summers usually make them somewhat tolerable.
Somewhere, beyond the fog and clouds, I know there are blue skies and the sun is shining brightly. Maturing robins are looking for worms in the lawn, wild flowers are blooming and the grass is growing, carrying on as though it is indeed summer. They don’t seem to need to see blue skies and experience soaring temperatures in order to go about their summer business. Maybe we should be more trusting too. Hopefully this week’s forecast for sunnier skies will give us all something to smile about.
The blue of heaven is larger than the clouds.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning