Summer weekend

The pressure on summer to live up to its vacation moniker is more than any season should have to bear.  Wanting to seize the slower-moving time to carve grand stories, we heap expectations on week-long adventures and showcase them in a coffee table photo albums.  I vote, instead, for summer vignettes, with the gift of longer light to illuminate the small minutes.  Here’s one: We scout for snakes on slippery rocks.  We spy buzzards scouting prey, and feel the sun warm the water through the day.  We splash and then float.  We wait for the hummingbirds.  We watch a spider weave an evening web, which will be gone by morning.   We rest.