Actually, I'm taking my mom to the dentist today. I haven't planned such a party, and I am fairly sure it won't be happening on my lawn. That is, to the human eye... In my own imaginary world? The festivities can still take place. Midsummer's Night has always been a very special solstice event in my life... It's just a few days before my birthday. It marks the advent of Independence Day very, very soon... And usually my daddy took his vacation about now to work in the hayfields of summer.
Haying time was a magical event in our household. For one, my dad loved it. His eyes began to sparkle the minute he started sharpening the sickle for his "big" (in my eyes) red tractor. Then, with an eye to the clouds, he cut and raked and then baled the small, tightly-twined bales of fresh timothy. The aroma of drying clover, grasses, and hay remains one of my favorite fragrances of all times (right up there with Mom's summer garden relish simmering on the stove)
Mom geared up for the summer haying time with lots of cooking, not only for my dad, but also for the men we hired to come help "put up" the hay... Large crews of laughing young men surrounded our kitchen and dining room tables for several days. They washed up in the yard on benches laden with fresh towels, bars of pure soap, and warm water heated on top of the stove and blended with cool water from the well pump.. I loved watching them dip the water in the basins, scrub their arms and hands, fling the water through the air and pat off the dripping muscles they were building in that hayfield.. I remember my grandfather's sadness as he aged before our eyes and wasn't able to work as he had been accustomed. One particular year the crew called him "the old man." I remember that he came inside, told my grandmother solemnly what had happened... and then he sat silently brooding for a long while before his usual good spirits returned and he began to wryly joke about it... If I do the math, he was about ten years older than I am now... but I personally thought he was an "old man" too (although I kept that to myself.)
I'm linking with A Delightsome Life as she shares her Welcoming Summer Blog Party! Please visit all the lovely blogs that are celebrating Summer, the Queen for the season...