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It’s hard to believe July is almost over. Those who know me know that I’m a huge fan of winter; having said that, I do love all of our seasons. Now, if I had to pick a favourite month, hands down, it would be July.
For starters, I was a July baby. My birthday was yesterday – yes, 39 again – so that makes me a Leo. A lot has been said about the stubbornness of Leo, so let’s move on. My birthstone is the ruby – considered the king of gems and symbolizes love, passion and success; I’ve been blessed with all three. It was once believed that the ruby would protect its wearer from evil – so far, so good.
Having a summer birthday was wonderful. I could have Kool-Aid and cake on the veranda if I chose to. Mom’s flowers were always at their peak on my birthday so it felt very special.
My birthday felt special for another reason; it came four days after my Memere Lefebvre’s birthday – you know her as Grandma. We often celebrated our birthdays together on July 27.
Summers were always very busy on the farm, but magically, my birthday often fell between the first and second cut of hay, so we weren’t quite as busy with fieldwork. If the weather cooperated – and it often did – dad would take me fishing on the St. Lawrence.
The 10 days following my birthday were among the best; for those 10 days, I was the same age as my older sister Monique! Some say that makes us Irish twins. There were times I wished she would move to Ireland, but we quickly became best friends when she stopped wearing my clothes.
The sultry, summer, late-July sun has a way of opening a floodgate of memories and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the blessings in my life. It’s far too easy to lose sight of how fortunate we truly are.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.