The summer starts here December 22, 2005Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
The calendar has its weaknesses, in my view. Well, or not exactly the calendar. The planet. Or the northern European bit of it. Up in the north, where the summer is, admittedly, the most beautiful, they’re celebrating midsummer and jumping over their bonfires and putting whatever-it-is, probably lavender, under their pillows and dreaming of their future spouse on June 21st, the longest day of the year, but often when the summer has hardly got going at all. This is Europe’s bad fortune. It would indeed be lovely if the longest day of the year really did fall some time in the middle of summer, and not such that you might tend, if of a maudlin disposish, to think, “Fuck, the days are getting shorter already.” Well, but for all us moaning miseries, at least the opposite is true in winter. It’s been a shit winter in Berlin so far. Just shitty and grey and rainy. Not enough snow. Not enough perfect properly freezing days with a nice blue sky and plenty of sun. +2 or +3 instead of -5, which would be much more pleasant. But at least we can now, on December 22nd, think that the worst of it is behind us. The shortest day is vorbei. Maybe it’s going to be -15 in February but at least it won’t be pitch at 4 (or 1, as it seems to have been of late). Yep, the summer starts here. Forget your yuletide gloom and your thoughts on how to spend a perfect New Year. Renewal starts now.