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(My vintage swimsuit from The Creature From the Black Lagoon, worn by Julie Adams.)
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Who Doesn’t LOVE Shark Week???
To me Summer was always the time between one house to the next. We did move around a lot. It also meant lots of time to myself. Lots of reading time, lots of reflecting time, lots of preparation time…..for the next school year.
But for those 3 months I usually had them all to myself. I suppose that may sound very sad to you, and sometimes I was very sad, but those months taught me how to entertain myself. It taught me that I am responsible for my own happiness. I may have been alone but I was never really lonely. It also taught me independence. I realized how much more mature that I was compared to so many other girls my age. I was never afraid to do anything by myself whereas they couldn’t even go to the bathroom alone.
Books may have been my best friend but so was my imagination. We always had a bit of land to roam around on and that meant that we had lots of animals, horses, dogs, cats, ducks, a hermit crab, reptiles, snakes (on the property).
We also had ponds, row boats, tractors, barns…..
Summer also meant picnics, camping, hiking, vacations, summer camps, horseback riding lessons, baton twirling lessons, swimming lessons, and hey I just remembered, I went from a minnow to a shark at summer camp swimming lessons. 🙂
I think my mother enrolled me in most everything just to get rid of me. But, I have carried all of that knowledge with me through the years. And if you think about it, that’s all we ever really have in the end, knowledge and memories.
I loved SUMMER! I just hated it when school started! But my Summers? They were enjoyable!!
I hope to fill this blog with lots of fun summer things because luckily for me I live in Florida where we have summer far more than we have Autumn, Winter and Spring. (wink, wink)
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It wouldn’t be Summer without Chicken Salad and Potato Salad
and I do make some very tasty salads……
Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maude Montgomery
Diana Barry: “I wish I were rich and I could spend my whole summer at a hotel eating ice cream and chicken salad.”
I love the series Anne of Green Gables and this quote has always stood out in my mind. Probably because I love chicken salad as well. It wouldn’t be summer without it.