By: Kelly Greene
Book Title: Drizzled with Death
Series:The Sugar Grove Mysteries
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Author: Jessie Crockett
Last night was the summer solstice. For me, this is one of the high points of the year. Unfortunately, my children don't seem to share my enthusiasm. Every time I make plans to celebrate the longest day of the year my family finds excuses not to be available. I mention Maypoles and my eldest daughter, Celadon, actually shudders. I suggest planning a parade that all the town might enjoy and my son Loden tells me we should just attend the one already organized for the Fourth of July. Even Dani, my youngest and most likely to be in tune with the spiritual side of life, was reluctant to help me build a bonfire in the back field. She said the spring had been very dry and was worried about setting the sugar bush on fire.
But convince her I did, and once she and the rest of them loosened up a bit, we all had a great time. Celadon's kids lit sparklers and enjoyed staying up as late as they could manage. When it finally grew dark, I spotted Grampa and Grandma dancing together under the moonlight like young sweethearts. Even when they don't want to, my family knows how to have fun. I figure if I just keep nagging one year I might just convince them to erect a Maypole.