It’s not too cold, it’s not too windy, it rains far more often and it’s light outside for longer. What’s not to like about summer?

Sure, it can get unbearably hot and dry, but that’s just more incentive to eat ice cream. Unlike New Mexico’s other seasons, summer has a pleasant consistency to its weather.

During fall, the days fluctuate between winter gear weather and oppressive heat. Winter, while being a cozy season, means shorter periods of daylight and freezing cold. And what’s with spring? The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and everyone is sneezing. Some days it snows, some days it rains and other days are pleasant. It’s totally unpredictable.

Long, lazy days spending time with family and friends while enjoying cold foods, great music and watermelon are the hallmarks of summer. With school out of session, there’s more time to pursue hobbies and relax. And with the long summer days, when it doesn’t get dark until about 9 p.m., you really get full rein to seize the day.

The parks are packed with people, summer activities and events abound, and cool evenings can be spent watching the sunset with friends and family. All of these make for some of the most memorable moments of the year.

While it may be true that summer isn’t as picturesque as the other seasons in the Land of Enchantment, it possesses its own sort of beauty. Everything is much greener, and the sun’s ascents and descents can be enjoyed for longer. At night, the stars cover the sky. And during monsoons, the smell of rain fuses with the glimmer of lighting and booming sounds of thunder. The sound of crickets at night, the birds in the morning and the fruits ripening on fruit trees just add to the summer experience.

Finally, summer is a great time of year simply because it can be enjoyed by all. Seeing people happy and spending time with one another boosts everyone’s mood, making summer a happy, memorable season.

Niveditha Bala will be a junior at Mandela International Magnet School. Contact her at niveditha.bala@mandelainternationalschool.us.