Thursday, August 30, 2012

Summer Afternoon

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
~ Henry James

August 30th – can you believe it?
And although the official calendar says that there are a few more weeks of summer, we all know it’s pretty much over.

Heck, here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve even had a lovely week of Aug-tober – cloudy days with temps in the 60’s.
It’s been a nice finish for a summer that began with June-uary.

Lucky for me, I’ve had plenty of summers…
From those kid summers in the country – the kind that fabulously seem to last FOREVER – to summer job summers at the Jersey shore.

And from them I can create a whole list of beautiful summer afternoons...

Trail rides and tire swings

Cold creeks and crayfish

Road trips and river tubing

Sprinklers and swimming holes

Campfires and castles

Blackberries and baseball

Fossils and friends…

And as super summer bonus feature – there’s a story tucked into each and every word.
Yeah, those stories sound like a delightful way to work from my lawn chair today…

with a steaming cup of cocoa and a sweater.

PROMPT: What does summer afternoon mean to you? Make your list and stick it in an envelope marked JANUARY (or AUGUST if you’re a Pacific Northwester). You just might have a need for it then.

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