When you are packing the family car for vacation, and you are down to those last frantic final moments before you leave the house, have you ever noticed the look on your dog’s face?
Dogs thrive on routine; the normal – and nothing upsets their normal like having members of their pack in a tizzy for a reason they can’t understand.
Given the state of our nation’s lack of leadership, our Governor’s lack of tact, and the recent revelations of the actions of our government, the decisions of the Supreme Court, and any news you care to read about climate change, the economy or international relations lately, we kind of feel a little like the dog in the middle of a packing ruckus.
A little nervous, a lot bewildered, and we have no clear idea what to do about it.
Which is why we were happy to kick off summer last week. Nothing has changed really but the date on the calendar or the reading on the thermometer, but it’s summer time; a time theoretically devoted to leisurely pursuits like grilling, swimming and, well, not having to go to school.
We welcome our summer visitors, and we look forward to our summertime pursuits, highlighted this year by the expected culmination of the Great Salt Bay School Community Playground Project in Damariscotta and the Waldoboro Fire Department’s 175th anniversary celebration in August.
We also have our usual assortment of summer festivals and goings on.
We can and frequently have made the argument the best times of year to live here are the six weeks before Memorial Day and the six weeks immediately after Labor Day, when the temperatures are lower, the visitors are fewer and the scenery is every bit as spectacular, but really, every day is a good day to be in Lincoln County, no matter what the state of the world is elsewhere.