Reverend Mother writes:
"..or town, or suburb, or hamlet, or burg, or unincorporated zone, or rural area of your choice---pretty much anywhere but the southern hemisphere, it's summer. (Australians and others, consider this an invitation to take a break from winter for a while.)"
1. Favorite summer food(s) and beverage(s)
Hot weather lessens my appetite (a good thing in preparation for winter holiday feastings), so I like salads and light food. Salads with fruit are really good. (Whooops, almost forgot the beverage: Iced coffee, instead of hot coffee. Iced non-fat lattes, yum)
2. Song that "says" summer to you. (Need not be about summer explicitly.)
Baton: *tap tap tap* "Summertiiiiiiiiiiime........and the livin' is eeeeeeeeasy........fish are jumpin'.........and the cotton is high.
Your daddy's ri-ich........and your mama's good lookin'.........so hush little baby........do-on't you cry.
(and I sing that one really well too!!)
3. A childhood summer memory
In my pre-teen youth my mom and dad loved camping. Every year. Out we go to the national parks. And ghost towns. Dry dusty and, for a child, excruciatingly boring, ghost towns. I particulary remember one camping trip in Kings Canyon National Forest, where a squirrel befriended us and would come up and crawl into my lap for peanuts. It was the most magical thing. Sort of a Francis of Assisi moment, before I knew who St. Francis was.
4. An adult summer memory
September, 1992: After a brillilant holiday on the island of Kauai, on our last day when we were to leave, hurricane Iniki hit. Even though the hotel said we'd be safe staying there (we would not have been), we went to the airport anyway and ended up in the Kauai War Memorial auditorium, with it's copper roof. We sat in there for 8 hours, with no lights, listening to the Civil Defense radio band upgrading the hurricane every half hour. It hit Kauai straight on. Afterwards it looked like a bomb had decimated the place, but oddly every third or fourth house would still be standing, fully intact. A very surreal time.
5. Describe a wonderful summer day you'd like to have in the near future. (weather, location, activities)
I want to go back to the beach. San Clemente beach is just perfect. Wonderboy plays in the water all day with a friend, as I lazily watch from the shore, sipping a refreshing beverage. Doin' nothing, but enjoying the majesty of God's swimming pool.
Optional: Does your place of worship do anything differently in the summer? (Fewer services, casual dress, etc.)
This is California. Every Sunday is casual dress day. Up until this year there was no Sunday School, so we would miss a lot of church. This year they have a program, I'm happy to say. Once every summer there's Hawaiian shirt day for the men, but nothing for the women. But, as I said, it's California and it's hard to tell Hawaiian shirt day from any other. Hey! I have an idea, on Hawaiian shirt day, I'll wear one of my husband's!! That'll work.