Lydia: So about the pineapple head. Didn’t we agree that you’d show up in human form today?
Summer: Technically, yes. Since pineapple heads are more interesting, I decided to improvise.
Lydia: Okay, will I be talking to a pineapple for this entire interview?
Summer: Maybe, maybe not. But at least I’m not perpetually late like spring is! I even showed up early this year.
Lydia: I can’t even argue with that. You made your presence well known in May and June. What have you been up to?
Summer: Growing and stuff.
Lydia: Yes, that is what you’re known for. Can you tell me more about how that process works? Spring and Autumn have both talked about how much effort you three put into the growing season.
Summer: The plants are the ones doing most of the heavy lifting there. We mostly just need to keep them on task. Jack Frost and Mother Nature used to help us set the schedule there. It’s gotten trickier now that the climate is changing so quickly, but at least some of the plants like heat waves.
Lydia: You don’t seem very concerned. I’m surprised. Some of your coworkers had a very different approach to this problem.
Summer: I’m concerned about my heat-sensitive plants and animals, but I can’t fix anything. It’s up to you humans to figure out how strong you want your summers to be. You do seem to be improving lately, though.
Lydia: Yeah, we’ve been staying home more as a species.
Summer: Well, that’s good! I hope it lasts. Winter hasn’t been looking too good these past few decades. I work better when I have a stronger foe.
Lydia: Is that how you think of the other seasons?
Summer: Obviously. Isn’t this all a contest to figure out why summer is the best season of them all?
Lydia: Yeah, I don’t think that’s how any of this works.
Summer: Okay, so we grow food, too. But mostly it’s a contest and I’m winning. That’s all that matters.
Lydia: Don’t you ever think about the paperwork or logistics involved? Do the other seasons know this is how you act?
Summer: What’s understood doesn’t need to be explained.
Lydia: Wait, why are there two of you now?
Summer: Technically, you’re not talking to a pineapple anymore. You’re talking to two of us which means I’m following the rule.
Lydia: You like to look for technicalities, don’t you?
Summer: It’s by far the best way to spend your summer. I mean, how else are humans going to count ice cream sandwiches as dinner or decide they don’t need to wear sunscreen at the beach after all?
Lydia: I don’t even know anymore.
Summer: Now you’re getting the spirit.
Lydia: This wasn’t what I was expecting, but somehow you’re exactly who you needed to be.
Summer: Thank you.
Lydia: No, thank you. This interview has been very illuminating.
Summer: I aim to please.