Since so much of my formative education comes from knowledge I learned playing and watching baseball – my understanding of the “dog days of summer” comes from baseball as well. In ball terms, it’s the 40 day stretch from July 3 to August 11 that represent the hottest and most humid part of the baseball season. These dates pretty much coincide with the time my girls are away at camp, so once again baseball logic prevails and thus we are in the dog days of (my) summer as well.
Unlike the Mets (and all the other teams that I really don’t care all that much about), my dog days of summer bring with it a nice respite from the other 45 weeks of the year. That change of pace has become important to all of us in the house – and despite the forecast highs in the 90’s and the air quality warnings, it is a breath of fresh air.
During these days I am not on the go trying to coordinate three schedules, keep my career afloat, manage the house and this year plan a bat mitzvah. The summer brings with it a chance for me (and the girls) to take a break from that pace – and do our own things.
For the girls it’s camp – where they are now for a fifth summer.
For me, I get a chance to do some travel – both work and sometimes even pleasure. I can slow down and enjoy sitting on the beach at sunset without having to worry where anyone is, or sleeping past six in the morning without worrying someone won’t make it to school on time.
Granted, there are always those things that come up – this year its an unexpected (and slightly extended) visit from my brother which has slowed down the house stuff. But it will get done.
Dog days of summer were probably conceptualized by the ancient Romans. While their thought the the bright star Sirius (The Big Dog) rises and sets with the sun and helps generate extra heat. But they did have it right during this time the stars (Sirius and the sun) are aligned – giving rise to the dog days.
It’s still not set in stone what this summer will hold for me, or just how much I will have to say about it – because as ball players do in the dog days of summer, I too shall conserve some energy and be ready for the stretch run of 2015.
Just as I hope the dog days of summer for the Mets bring on important games in September – once our dog days end, we have a sprint to the end of the year. It’s back to school in September, a bat mitzvah in October and the launch of the holiday season in November and December. All of that before flipping the calendar to 2016 – but none of it before we celebrate the dog days of summer.