Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

May Musings
by Nancy J. Cohen

May is the last month of delightful spring weather before summer hits, and with it comes the heat and humidity that will last until mid-October. The stores are showing summer fashions, barbecue implements, and pool accessories to get you in the mood. My approach to summer here in South Florida is a far cry from what it used to be when I grew up in New Jersey.

Summer in my youth meant family dinners on our screened-in back porch, outdoor barbecues, warm days and cooler evenings, giant mosquitoes and flitting fireflies. When I got bored, my father would take me to the local Dairy Queen for hot fudge sundaes. Our lawn grew green and flowers bloomed along with my dad’s backyard vegetable garden. Those were leisurely days where the only swimming pools were at country clubs you had to join.

Things are different in Florida. Our wonderful weather is now, before the humidity kicks in. Summer nights never cool down. It’s hot from dawn to dusk. And it is hurricane season. Thunderstorms are frequent reminders of the tempests that could wreak destruction. On the first day of June, citizens are advised to replenish their hurricane supplies and review their evacuation plans.

We only have less than one month now until storm season officially starts. So these last few weeks are the final hurrah before the steamy weather sets in and the clouds roil on the horizon. I like tracing the thunderheads boiling up to the heavens, as long as I’m inside somewhere safe. Safety is important, too, for small children near pools. It’s not the time to let down your guard like we could up north, when summers were carefree vacations from school and a time for play.

What does the month of May mean to you? Does it portend outdoor fun or stormy skies ahead?

While you’re here, check out our May Book Vault. Lots of cool books for our winning entrant to select from during the May 1-18, 2019 contest. Click here to visit our contest page.