June - Hello Summer!6/18/2020
Hello, June! Good-bye quarantine! Normal activities are resuming. Flowers are in bloom, the grill is on stand-by, and we can drink coffee and welcome the sunrise on the deck or patio. June is a time for graduations, weddings, family reunions, and vacations. It can also be a time of transition, as new graduates look for a home in a city where they’ve gone for a new job, young parents look for a place with more room as they prepare to welcome a new baby to the family, and “more experienced” parents find that they don’t need as much room--now that the kids are gone.
Summer in Michigan is a busy time as we pack our schedules with activities that don’t require parkas and snow boots. Summer is the season for gardening, for cookouts, for silly games in the backyard, for a dip in the pool, for sitting by a firepit on a chilly night, for watching sunsets and moonrises from comfy chairs on the porch. For many in Michigan, June marks a season of celebration of Home and Family.
June is also a time when Americans celebrate FREEDOM. Juneteenth is the name given to June 19, 1863, the day when the Emancipation Proclamation— which had been issued on January 1, 1863— was read to enslaved African-Americans in Texas by Gordon Grange. Juneteenth is a day set aside to celebrate the liberation of Black Americans from enslavement. Juneteenth is also known as America’s 2nd Independence Day.