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From Memorial Day to Labor Day - 600 words of summer

Memorial Day.

What time is it, summertime, it's our vacation; school's out, scream and shout; no more homework, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks ; easy living, fish jumping, cane pole, tackle box, the big one, the little one, the one that got away; pulling weeds, fire ants, gnats.

Chlorine rainbows around lamplights, canon balls, jack knifes, swan dives, high dives, belly flops, bikinis; sun block, no socks, flip flops, halter tops; aloe vera gel; open windows, cicada song, crickets all night long.

Father's Day, summer solstice, summer lovin', first kiss, uh-oh those summer nights, tell me more, tell me more; bare feet, sweet iced tea, spitting seeds; blue skies, sudden storm, light breeze, shady trees, buzzing bees; mosquitoes, sunburned nose, sand between toes.

Front porch sitting, screened door slamming, Jimmy Buffet jamming; never ending Monopoly, warm plums from the tree, cousins coming, nagging mother, drinking from a garden hose; sleep-over camp, towels damp, bug repellent, flashlight, fireflies, friends forever.

Watermelon, water skis, water park, roller coaster, rolling waves; hole in the raft, swimming lessons, Grandma's blessings; window fan, oscillating fan, ceiling fan, whirring fan, baseball fan, baseball mitt, bats.

Bathing suits hanging on the line, forgetting the time, shelling peas, shucking corn, ice cream for dinner; cucumber sandwiches, tomato sandwiches, BLTs, picnic, Bar-B-Que, grill.

Laser show, lawn, concert in the park, day at the lake, road trip, riding with the top down, sightseeing; cutting grass, skipping rocks, catching frogs; trashy romance novel, sunshine, melon rind, cookout, stars out, full moon.

High tide, water slide, seagull, conch shell, crab trap; gardenias, geraniums, jasmine; running through the sprinklers, kickball, mockingbird call; ticks, jelly fish, lawnmower, outside shower, Popsicles and playing-card towers, whiling away the hours.

Firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, Saturn missiles, smoke bombs, explosions, Fourth of July, family reunion, aunts and uncles, hugs and kisses, hiding out; lawn chair, humid air, frizzy hair, no need to care; red, white, blue, Americana, lemonade; suitcases, cars, trains, planes.

Motor boat, paddle boat, pontoon boat, sailboat, boathouse, lake house, beach house, mountain house, houseboat; porch swing, rocking chair, floating dock; vacation, staycation, long weekend, day trip, folks over, backyard beach volleyball.

Tan legs, sleeping late, swinging on the garden gate; tent poles, campfire, hot dogs roasting, marshmallows toasting, s'mores swallowing; ghost stories, no-see-ums, sense of freedom; adventure, explore, discover, go undercover, dream, imagine, pretend, afternoons without end; muggy, buggy, stifling; relax, hammock, nap.

Slip-n-Slide, bicycle ride, swatting flies, bright skies, squinting eyes, sunsets, no regrets; sandcastle, collecting shells, watching snails, long walks, front porch talks; frozen fruity drink, cabana boy, tropical resort, cruise, pressing snooze, everything and nothing to choose, where are my shoes?; yellow squash, zucchini squash, give the neighbors squash, squash for the mailman, squash, squash, squash.

Corn on the cob, shish kabob, summer job, lifeguard, baby sitter, counselor, paycheck, hazy, lazy, crazy, haven't had enough yet; night swim, shark fin, Jaws; Raybans, Wayfarers, sundress, Hawaiian print trunks, black suit socks with sandals, hairy guy in a Speedo; surfboard, boogey board, skim board, body surf, north shore, south beach, cruising the strip.

Stitches, poison ivy itches, stubbed toe, rainbow, moon glow, telescope, over the river letting go of the rope, giggling at a joke; catching crawdads, farmers' market, you pick 'em blueberries, roadside produce stand, wrinkled little man.

Sweat drip, sweltering heat, frying eggs on the street, sizzler, scorcher, blistering, too hot to move, one hundred two, air conditioning; Don Henley on the radio, I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the boys of summer have gone.

Labor Day.

Lucy Adams is the author of Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run. She lives in Thomson. Send comments to lucybgoosey@aol.com and visit www.IfMama.com.



Web posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011













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