Sunday, April 26, 2009

Who Loves the Sun?



My sister and I were just discussing how much my Grandma Eva would have liked Hedgehog. Grandma was a lady of the old school, the Get Out in the Sunshine or You'll Wither Away like a Pale Talmudic Scholar school. Childhood was for running about, feyly, in the great outdoors whenever the weather permitted. A clement day without a romp in it, no matter how forced, was somehow debauched; a child indoors with her nose in a book, unprincipled...we were, needless to say, a bit of a disappointment in this regard. Hedgehog, not. She's a girl who likes, loves, needs to be outside running races with her friends.

I admit I am still prone to my earlier tendency of retiring, make that fleeing, from the guilt-inducing lovely sunshine...which is why yesterday found me in blazing sun, playing baseball in the park with a gaggle of friends older and young. And why today you'll find me in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with Hedgehog and our friends, admiring the mother-f-ing cherry blossoms, picknicking, and soaking up salubrious Vitamin D.

I'd rather be indoors knitting and writing, much much much rather, but instead I shall honor Grandma Eva and Hedgehog, and get my ass out there with the energetic masses...and I'll try hard to enjoy it!

I'm not guaranteeing any result, but I'll try.


Sakura at the BBG by MacRonin47 from Flickr Creative Commons

24 comments:

Sarah said...

Take the knitting/reading outside with you... that way you get the best of both words! Nothing beats knitting or reading in the warm sun.

Enjoy the gardens - my wallpaper on the computer is a gorgeous shot I got of the cherry blossoms last spring before I left NYC. They are some of the worlds best flowers.

Leah said...

You just reminded me to bring my camera, thanks Sarah!

HoodChick said...

I love the sun and being outdoors too. I take my books, even my laptop out and sit under the gazebo whenever I can get away with it.

savannah said...

i'd trade anything to be in your place today! i am condemned to suffer the indignity of the church supper with miss daisy! *sigh* xoxox

mago said...

Sun burn. Bee sting. Drunken rowdies. Nulla salus extra bibliothecam, nulla!

just bob said...

Salubrious??? Why is it every time I visit this blog I have to bring my dictionary? LOL

Enjoy the sun this weekend... it is a reward for surviving the rough winter.

Brian Miller said...

have fun out there today! sure hedgie will love it! time enough for knitting later. love the words...salubrious...see if i can't use that 5 times today.

MJ said...

I took a sablubrious Vitamin D pill this morning.

Does that count?

underOvr (aka The U) said...

Hi Leah,

Glad to see you're not conflicted on this :-)

Whenever I'm faced with that What to do dilemma, I remind myself of the immortal words of Ronald Isley, It's your thing.

U

Emerson Marks said...

Oi Leah - yes, I bloody love the sun. It was a good 15 degrees last week so I had the old shorts on.

I couldn't give a monkey's what anyone says, trees look better with leaves on. Therefore summer is better than winter.

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

Hey girl,
Charge up your laptop battery and take the Net with you.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Fresh air and goodness, I like nothing better than a walk in the hills amidst waterfalls, heather, and the call of birdsong.

But than again, I do live in a most beautiful part of the world.

Walking and talking with the wean can be educational as well as rewarding. Live it and love it...

I'm sure you already do hen.

Dot-Com said...

Hope you enjoyed the day in the sun. I'd have been outside if it hadn't been for the constant rain all day *lol*

Baino said...

Oh I love the outdoors. Mind you I'm just as comfortable watching a DVD and slobbing on the couc or pootling on the net but sunshine puts me in a good frame of mind . .sadly it's beaming down today and I have to spend the day locked in at work.

Ronda Laveen said...

Just imagine the trip as an interactive book. Kind of like those ones in the Harry Potter books where the characters come to life. Use your camera to take pictures and create your own story. I'll bet you have a good time baskinging the warmth of the sun and quiet existence of the plants.

Maria said...

The only thing that I like to do outside is garden. And since I burn like a ratfink, I am easier on the eyes if I don't stay out in the sun too long....

Leah said...

HoodChick--I like being outdoors too--sometimes--

savannah--oh dear, much preferable to a church supper? Unless maybe the food was super tasty?

mago--hahah! Took me a sec, but--yes, that's my general sentiment!

just bob--the sad thing is, I've latched onto this word--which I do occasionally--and have already used it several times today.

brian--see above, I've used it repeatedly! Once you start, you can't stop.

MJ--that totally counts--for use of the word, and for the Vitamin D!

U--oh, conflicted, me? never...thanks for the song link!

Leah said...

EM--you said "oi"!!!! I'm swooning, I'm such an unrepentant anglophile...and yes, I much prefer summer to winter, much.

Auntie--I think my friends might have noticed if I was blogging rather than talking to them, LOL. But it was tempting...

Jimmy--I did love it, in the end. Just being with Hedgie, anyway, watching her so happy with her best friend amidst the cherry blossoms. It was really lovely after all.

And now I'm off to inspect your new avatar a little more closely...

Dot-Com--it's silly, but sometimes I actually prefer the rain!

Baino--yes, the sun was definitely good for me--I'm sorry you were stuck at work today!

Leah said...

Ronda--LOL! I'm always imagining anyway, wherever I go--but today was really nice, even in real life...

Hope you had a grand day too!

Maria--Yes, me too, I had to seek shade before I became extra-crispy!

The Idle Devil said...

Have fun doing it!

Karen ^..^ said...

When I was a kid, I much preferred to be outside. I'd take my knitting or reading out with me, and sit and soak up spring, or fall. Sometimes even winter. Now I rarely venture out, and when I do it is nearly always with a camera, to take pictures of the beauty I see out there. I work a lot, work very hard, so it isn't always easy to find the gumption to go out and DO.

I'm hoping to change that. I've been spending a lot of time out on my balcony, planting plants and flowers and such. Go, me!!

I'm very much a homebody, like you.

Karen ^..^ said...

Oh, and stop on by for a very special award!

Walker said...

Imiss my youth when all i did was walk or run about.
Now i am in my own prison.
Maybe we should all honor Grandma Eve and Hedgehog and go for a run...ummm maybe a brisk walk for me

Mrsupole said...

Living in sunny Southern California, we had sure better like the sun. So glad you are having a nice time out in the sun. What keeps me indoors is allergies. Achoo, achoo, that is what I do outdoors. But I love a cool sunny day. Menopause has made me dislike hot sunny days. But cool sunny days are the best.

God bless.