Synergy Theraputic Group - June 2018

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THE BEAUTY OF SUMMER

Gardening, Hiking, and Relaxing With My Family

G rowing up in India, I hated summertime. The humidity rose to the point that it almost felt like you were breathing underwater, the sun beat down as if it held a grudge, and the subpar A/C — in the places that it was even available — would feebly battle with the heat, losing every time. There, we basically had two seasons: summer and not summer, and though it is incredibly pleasant half of the year, nobody relished the brutal, sweltering temperatures of the hotter months. Since the weather was so consistent nearly all the time, bringing it up wasn’t such a conversation staple as it is here in the States. When I first left India years and years ago, I found myself in the heart of Michigan, smack dab in the middle of the harshest winter I would ever experience. But once I made it through those first icy months and the flowers began to bloom in late spring, I began to

with reckless abandon. Despite my protests, I had no option but to take a steroid to fix it. Call it an important lesson

about keeping an eye out while you’re in the great outdoors.

Our family also takes every opportunity to go on hikes together. There are just so many beautiful trails snaking all throughout Illinois. When we can, we try to go off the

understand what summer really meant in the U.S. My eyes were opened to a whole new, vibrant landscape. Mile after mile of pastures disappeared into the horizon, first yellow, then copper, then white as far as the eye could see. It was fantastic to see the transition of the seasons firsthand for the first time in my life, everything shifting so distinctly, coming alive day by day. Now, summer is a season I look forward to every year. The kids get off school, we plan as many vacations as we can, and we finally get the chance to tend to our

beaten path to really enjoy some true wilderness. We’ll check out one of the small waterfalls around the area, brushing away the greenery along the paths in the national preserve. Or we’ll visit the swamp to the south, taking in the wild variety of migratory birds, which seems to change week by week. There are even apple and peach orchards nearby, and strawberry patches for us to go and pick. Every year, summer here just makes me think how lucky I am for everything I’ve been given in life. Between the box turtles

“IT WAS FANTASTIC TO SEE THE TRANSITION OF THE SEASONS FIRSTHAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, EVERYTHING SHIFTING SO DISTINCTLY, COMING ALIVE DAY BY DAY.”

garden together as a family. We try to keep everything as organic as possible, from the fertilizer to the plants we raise, from tomatoes to pumpkins. I’m one of the few people I know who actually enjoys mowing the grass, even if, unfortunately, I don’t quite have time to do it myself. However, gardening isn’t always fun and games. Last year, despite the fact that I can identify it just fine, I brushed up against a bush of poison ivy without realizing. Within days, my skin was blistering, itching, and cracking, the rash continuing to spread

and deer ambling through my yard and eating all my cherries, and the incredible landscape I get to enjoy every day, I could never possibly get bored when the weather gets this nice.

–Subrat Bahinipati

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