It seems our fondest memories are often from the days of summers past. I myself can remember long, lazy days when I was ten playing with my best friend Alice. We would meet half way between our houses; mine on top of the hill, hers at the bottom—a crackling yodel call was our signal to each other.
“What do you want to do now?,” was a question we repeatedly asked each other during our time together. There were always endless possibilities, and time to choose… drawing, playing “school,” finding interesting rocks to crack open, climbing the huge oak tree where we could sit on a makeshift platform, or pestering older siblings. Ar lunchtime, a parent would provide a sandwich for us both depending on whose house we were meandering about. Sometimes we were allowed to walk to the middle school up the road which to us was a grand adventure. We galloped on our pretend horses, and looked for signs of school life such as pencils, notebooks, and discarded class notes.
But, the most thrilling time of the summer was in early August. That was when the Clyde Beatty circus arrived for a week at the middle school. We counted the days with anticipation, waving our arms and screaming with excitement upon finally seeing the big trucks venturing down the road. We would try to guess which vehicle held the lions, or elephants, and wondered what “curiosities’ would be present that summer; perhaps the tattooed woman, the fire-breathing man, or “Tom Thumb.” We looked forward to sitting for hours on the perimeter of the baseball field watching as the big tents were raised, wondering what it might be like to join the circus.
This past week I was visiting my son and his young family. We enjoyed a day of just “hanging out”. Two little preschoolers splashed in a small pool, and flew high on swings. “I love summer!,” my son exclaimed. Yes, precious moments when one can take advantage of warm weather and a more relaxed flow of life. These are the days for creating vivid memories that last. May you have many special moments that will linger in your mind… and always make you smile.