A Dreamy and Magical Light

While I fancy myself a literature fan, I’ve never been able to fully appreciate poetry beyond liking the occasional ‘real’ poem and dirty limerick. I just don’t really get poetry. So it’s of no surprise that I actually enjoy the majority of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s work because he was criticized for pandering to the masses and wrote principally in lyrical form – exactly my cup of poetry tea.

Then followed that beautiful season, Called by the pious Acadian peasants the Summer of All-Saints! Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new-created in all the freshness of childhood.

excerpt from Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, Part the First II, 1847

The swamp effect is in full force in the DC area and our air conditioner is constantly telling us that he’s giving it all he’s got in a Scottish brogue. Our calendar is full of big and small trips alike and my hair is engaged in a constant battle with the humidity, which means I’m rocking a ponytail more often than not (because I am a girl with long hair it must be a rule that I publicly complain about the humidity at least once a week).


During the weeks we are home, I’m planning little jaunts for the kids in effort to encourage their sense of adventure and make the most of what will likely be our last full summer in the area. I’m not sure how often I’ll be writing here this summer. Maybe a lot. But more than likely, just a little.


We’re leaving for our first true vacation as a family of four later this week (we don’t count visits to our family in NC and GA as true vacations). I get to experience a state I haven’t been to yet (only four more to go!) and hopefully participate in a lobster tour and a whale watch. Clay is excited to show us where he vacationed every year growing up and we’re both ready to escape the national capital region for a little bit.

photo-2 So posting here may be sporadic throughout the summer. No one is gripping the edge of their seat in anticipation of what we’re up to next or what is on my mind at any particular moment, but the occasional reader family member may be curious (or just bored). So I recommend following my Instagram, which is shaping up to be my social media platform of choice as far as pictures are concerned. Please feel free to follow me @clemsonkaren. You can also see my latest pictures on the sidebar of this blog. Here’s to filling our summer days with a dreamy and magical light!


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