It’s always around this time of the year that I start to get that Tom Sawyer “itch”. As I sit in my office looking out the window, reminiscing about all the fun of summers past, I start to plot ways to slide out of the office early for a chance to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the outdoors with my family. It may seem unreasonable to some to leave the comforts of air conditioning in the middle of summer to venture outdoors, but this composition by Edgar Albert Guest, “the people’s poet,” seems to capture the essence of the outdoors and its beauty.
The rich may pay for orchids rare, but, oh the apple tree
Flings out its blossoms to the world for every eye to see,
And all who sigh for loveliness may walk beneath the sky
And claim a richer beauty than man’s gold can ever buy.
The blooming cherry trees are free for all to look upon;
The dogwood buds for all of us, and not some favorite one;
The wide outdoors is no man’s own; the stranger on the street
Can cast his eyes on many a rose and claim its fragrance sweet.
Small gardens are shut in by walls, but none can wall the sky,
And none can hide the friendly trees from all who travel by;
And none can hold the apple boughs and claim them for his own,
For all the beauties of the earth belong to God alone.
So let me walk the world just now and wander far and near;
Earth’s loveliness is mine to see, its music mine to hear;
There’s not a single apple bough that spills its blooms about
But I can claim the joy of it, and none can shut me out.
In the spirit of this edition’s “summer living” theme, I hope each of you have the opportunity to spend some extra time with your family, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, enjoying the wonders of nature and our beautiful planet.
Stay happy, healthy and young at heart. Not only is it more fun that way, but it can be contagious!
Jim Davis, Publisher