Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Memories

Collin having fun at the Farmer's Market!

Today felt like summer. The kids and I filled the day with stereotypical summer activities: a trip to the farmer's market followed by a dip in the swimming pool. It's been fun to experience summer with the kids, and oftentimes it causes me to reminisce about my own childhood summers. My memories are vivid and wonderful: spending hours at the local YMCA swimming pool, frolicking outdoors with neighborhood pals, partaking in summer trips with my family, and, of course, visiting Grandma Joseph's farm.

Grandma lived in a magnificent old farm house encircled with land as far as the eye could see only interrupted by an oval shaped mossy pond. The best part about Grandma's house was the tire swing! Situated next to her house, a vertically suspended tire dangled from a grandiose oak.

Once we arrived at Grandma's house, I would race to the swing and mount the tire, dangling my legs over the side while clutching the rope. Usually a cousin or sibling grasped the tire and tugged the swing back than released. In an instant, the tire swayed back and forth. I pumped my legs, bare feet grazing the wind. My torso swayed in rhythm. I flung my head back letting the breeze flap my hair around. Then I opened my mouth with glee: inhaling childhood, and exhaling happiness.

Ah, summer!

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