Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June, the Love and Marriage Month

We're nearly halfway through 2015, time flying by as it tends to do. Have you written more than half the posts you'll produce for the year. Probably yes if you survived April.

June if a favorite month of mine. As a teacher, of course, it meant the start of summer break. But it's so much more than that. It's the month my oldest son was born, the month of my anniversary, the birthdays of two my sisters and generally considered a time for romance and marriage.

There will be weddings galore and many of us will be invited to at least one. The name June comes
from the Roman Goddess Juno, Juno was the goddess of marriage, pregnancy and childbirth. So which came first, the name of the month or all the weddings during the month? I think the name.

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind." William Shakespeare

But June isn't know just for marriage. June 6th was D-Day, marking the day when 160,000 Allied troops landed on be beaches of Normandy. A day to be marked forever.

June 14th is Flag Day in the USA representing the date when in 1777 when the Continental Congress accepted the design made by Betsy Ross for the fledgling US Navy as our national flag. My oldest son was born on June 14th but we didn't name him 'Old Glory.'

June's birthstone is the pearl, which was once thought to be a cure for insanity. So wear those pearl earrings just to be on the safe side.

Today, June 17th, is Bunker Hill Day in Suffolk County in Massachusetts, marking the battle at said hill during the siege of Boston in 1775. Not a widely noticed holiday but it was an important day.

Tomorrow, June 18th, marks the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting where followers do not eat from sunrise to sunset each day.

June 21st is Father's Day and the Summer Solstice. My husband is always thrilled on that day when our five boys come over to play all day. Maybe even a golf outing. I love that longest day of the year but I don't like how our hours of sun start to shorten again after ward. And for those long summer nights, here's some wisdom from The Old Farmer's Almanac. The warmer the temperature, the faster a cricket chirps.

"The summer night is like a perfection of  thought."  Wallace Stevens, American poet

Is there a June highlight I missed? Do you wear pearls and if so, are they keeping you sane? Why are there so many weddings in June? Are you number of posts for 2015 well past the halfway number for this year?


nashvillecats2 said...

This year has gone by so quickly with so many events taking place,
Wonderful post and a pleasure to read.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We still have a few events left this month. And July is busy for us too. Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne.

Ann Bennett said...

Great energetic post, I can tell you enjoy June. I did not realize Ramadan floated around the calendar like Easter and Hannukah.

The name Old Glory would make your son stand out. I am glad you didn't name him that. However, when he gets older, it would be a good nickname for the grandkids to hear. You can see future progeny rolling their eyes as teenagers to the joke. lol, Have a good day.

kaykuala said...

One gets overly excited in June. It creates a concern, an urgency egged on. Mainly because it marks the completion of the half year within the next few days. What was accomplished for the last 6 months one reflects. It would leave lots of mouths wide open! There is even a tinge of regret for letting the months slip by. Well thought Susan!


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I do love June, Ann. We picked a good strong name instead of Old Glory. He'd probably like it if we called him that.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I know I'm not as far along in my goals as I'd like as the mid point of 2015 approaches. Thanks for stopping in, Hank.
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yesterday was Captain Picard Day. Really, really.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Ha, how did I miss that important date.

Jo said...

Well as I mostly post 24/6 I guess I am nearly up to the half way mark for the year's posts. Captain Picard Day eh? He was a favourite of mine as is the actor who played the part. I think the choice of June weddings is because, generally, the weather is pretty good without being too hot or too cold. Heard of a wedding last weekend which was held outside and half way through the ceremony it poured. Bad luck especially as the food was outside although it was under canvas even if not in a tent.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Did the people who say pearls keep you sane ever see Arsenic and Old Lace? I have a double strand Daddy gave Mama as a wedding present. I wear them occasionally to make sure they stay healthy. (Pearls need the oil from our body to stay good.) Perhaps I should start to wear them daily?!
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Jo said...

I forgot to mention I have two beautiful strings of pearls. One of them was my mother's. I also have earrings. I don't often wear them I'm afraid although I should do so to keep them healthy. They lose their lustre if not worn