Magical, isn’t it? Those three months of freedom when you’re a kid. What do I remember about that? Here’s the Top Ten.
- Sleeping late. As in, eight o’clock, maybe nine? I couldn’t sleep much past that because Robin, my older sister, had a habit of singing opera early in the morning. Weird, right?
- Spitting watermelon seeds. Hm. I guess we ate the watermelon too, but it’s mostly the seed spitting that I remember. Robin could always spit the farthest. Still can.
- Fresh-picked mulberries from the tree that grew in our yard. We’d put them in a bowl and sprinkle them with sugar. Robin liked to bake them in a pie and bring it to the neighbors.
- While I’m talking about trees, the mimosas in our front yard bloomed with silky pink and white flowers. They were a part of every summer. Sometimes Robin would put the flowers on her eyelids like giant pink eyelashes.
- Fireworks. They weren’t legal in New York but you’d never know it by the neighborhood show every Fourth of July. I liked the pretty sparklers, but Robin preferred M-80s.
- Robin’s birthday! She’d have a big party with swimming, grilling, and maybe a sleepover. She never made me feel like a pest, even when all her friends were around. Rob, you’re the best sister a sister could have!
- The Bus. It was painted electric blue and one of our favorite summer destinations, parked right in our backyard. My grandfather converted a school bus into a camper RV, complete with bunk beds, kitchen, and a table that hosted some all-night killer monopoly games. Once, Robin took the bus for a spin around the yard when my parents were asleep.
- I’ve mentioned this briefly in other posts, but swimming, swimming, swimming. We lived in the pool when we were kids. I remember the swim caps and ear plugs. And Robin was A-Mazing at underwater somersaults and walking on her hands.
- Freshly mowed lawn. Man, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. It brings me right back to summertime, being a kid. We had a gas push mower but I also remember a manual grass mower. One time Robin got her hair caught in it. I’m not sure how that happened, but brothers might have been involved.
- Lightning bugs, they were everywhere. We’d play outside all day until those little lights started flashing in the evening sky around us. Robin would get so excited she’d start screaming, “What if they light up the whole semi-dark sky? What if they do?”
Everything I loved about June, July and August above is true. And I probably made up some of that stuff about Robin. (I’ll never tell which are true or which are false. But you might be surprised on some of them.)
Forgive me…Blogging this many days in the month starts to get to you and you find yourself wanting to say silly things. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading along with me. And mostly, I hoped Robin enjoyed it. Because she really is the best sister anyone could ever have.