Kickass, the doorstop dog, attended the Mazomanie solstice fire with the keeper and Phyllis, along with a generous portion of the local populace, and a good time was had by all, especially the kids roasting marshmallows on very long sticks. The solstice marks a beginning of longer days, which the keeper says is increasingly important to his age group, and then he did an off-key version of a Christmas song that almost put the fire out.
There is something about friends, family and neighbors gathering in the dark of night around a blazing fire that stirs the earliest embers of DNA and shores up tribal ties that make it necessary and good to live together in a spirit of charity and decency.
In the smoke that swirls up there are the ghosts of seasonal unpleasantness and the regrets of things done and not done, and there is a handshake, a hug, a laugh, even a kiss. Today and tonight is wonderful. Tomorrow will be even better….and longer. .