When summer officially arrived on Monday, June 20, we posted this as the Tucker Paving thought on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tuckerpaving/):

“Every summer has a story. What’s yours going to be? (Only happy endings allowed.)”

That post received 42 “Likes” and nice comments from two Tucker Paving Facebook friends:

• From Laura Lane: “My happy ending is eating ice-cold watermelon and letting it run down my arms to my elbow, just like when I was a kid. EAT MORE WATERMELON!!!” (The comment was followed by a smiley-face emoticon, or emoji, in sunglasses.)

• From Darlene Vise McKee: “Headed to (the) McKee Family Reunion in North Carolina this week. Being up in the mountains makes for good stories by campfire.”

Those comments led to a quick Internet search for interesting quotes about or references to summer and summertime — and we found lots of them! Here are just a few of the ones we like:

• “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James (The 19th-century American-born writer likely didn’t spend a lot of time in Florida.)

• “Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.” – Brian Wilson (of Beach Boys fame)

• “Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.” — Hal Borland

• “Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier.” — Zooey Deschannel

• “When I figured out how to work my grill, it was quite a moment. I discovered that summer is a completely different experience when you know how to grill.” — Taylor Swift

• “Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.” — Diane Ackerman

• “In the hot summer months, popsicles are a perfect way to cool down while enjoying a delicious, fruity treat. Frozen, refreshing, mouth-friendly candy on a stick cannot get any better … or can it?” — Marcus Samuelsson

• “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” — Sam Keen

• “Summer is very precious.” — Dylan Lauren

Have a safe and enjoyable summer, everyone! And remember, only happy endings are allowed!