The injustice of bed in summer

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Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Where I live, we’ll enjoy exactly 15 hours, 40 minutes, and 28 seconds of light today.

Most children (and mine in particular) lament the injustice of early bedtime in summer. Who can sleep with the summer sun and sounds streaming in through the window long into the night? Why bother? After a long, dark winter it feels good to celebrate the summer solstice–and stay up late.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about this more than a century ago in his wonderful poem “Bed In Summer”:

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A Child’s Garden of Verses, The Platt and Munk Co., Inc., New York, 1929, 1932, illustration by Eulalie Banks

Hope you enjoy the precious light tonight.

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(Colour illustration & sun by Jessie Willcox Smith from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1905)

4 comments

    • Thank you Sarah. I look forward to reading (and seeing) more beautiful picture books on your blog–I hadn’t seen it before, and I’m grateful you dropped by. I think we have much in common!

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