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Gosh, can you even remember no school, no worries, no problem?
Or, as the fabulous Miss Ella and Mister Louis would put it, “summertime, and the livin’ is easy”.
The good news is I know where they are.
The bad news is I have no idea what they did.
How does that song go? Oh yes, “be young, be foolish, be happy”.
It seemed like an age of lemonade; rhubarb stalks and a bag of sugar, playing in the local farm fields, stinging nettles, fetes, Mr Whippy and the obligatory summer holiday abroad – burnt to blazes!
Oh those sweet and glorious halcyon days, the ones we thought would never end, really, who misplaced whom?
coulda shoulda woulda said:
Too cute! I am now getting to that age where this looks cute!!
Naomi, darling, I too find the boys cute to an extent; though they’d be a whole lot cuter if these pictures weren’t taken around midday and their morning chores left until afternoon, or the next day…
I remember seemingly endless hours of heat and boredom. Refuge sought in bike riding or playing in the shade. The sounds of cicadas and baseball on tv. I remember the sense of injustice that Fa and Ma had an a/c in their room but the children of Alconleigh had to sleep with only a rotating fan.
The Bebe offspring see their summer break as an inherent right owed to them after long months of school whereas Bebe and Hedge must slip in to overdrive.
I just taught the offspring how to mow the lawn, so maybe the tide will turn.
Gosh, your childhood memories are crazily similar to mine. How did we get by without air-conditioning? And when did the summers start getting shorter, or is that just a reflection of my aging?
Ha, yes, well, good luck with the whole tide-turning thing. We just left our oldest in charge of Totem Hall for a week, which means he needs to keep horse troughs full, collect eggs, pick and water vegetables, and keep hound dogs from hound dogging one of our poodles. Our back and forth texts highlight my hysteria and his complacency. I have the strangest suspicion that my parents now have their revenge…
Mistress Maddie said:
HA! Yes those were the days! Nothing like the first day off, sleeping in. As soon as the lighting bugs started, I knew school would end soon. well, by the sounds of it, the working at Totem Hall must be tuckering them out! In the summer I take a lot of time off my work as it is my slow time, and I always get those visions of yester year, except now I may start the morning off with a nice peppery Bloody.
You see, my dear, that is the reward of all those summer days and years gone by, a perfectly lovely Bloody Mary…
And how I miss chasing fireflies, darn it all, is that what happens when you get older?