Joys of Summer

Readers share stories of what they enjoy most about summer.

| May/June 2010

  • Sprinkler Fun
    Sights, Smells and Sounds of Summer Bring Happiness - Elinor, Niagars Falls, New York
    Brian Orr
  • Passionflower
    Warm Days Bring Beauty - Elaine, Greenville, South Carolina
    iStockphoto.com/Angelafoto
  • Motorcycle Trip
    Friends and the Open Road - Carolyn, Sutherland, Iowa
    iStockphoto.com/Jan Tyler
  • July 4 Celebration
    Holiday Parade and Club Activities Provide Joy - Maxine, Exira, Iowa
    Brian Orr
  • Buddee the golden retriever
    Enjoys Spending Summer Mornings, Evenings Outside - Ursula, Coffeyville, Kansas
    Ursula, Coffeyville, Kansas
  • Lakeside Cabin
    Couple Enjoyed Spending Weekends at the Lake - Linda, Lee's Summit, Missouri
    Shutterstock.com/Marianne Venegoni

  • Sprinkler Fun
  • Passionflower
  • Motorcycle Trip
  • July 4 Celebration
  • Buddee the golden retriever
  • Lakeside Cabin

Sights, Smells and Sounds of Summer Bring Happiness

I love to sit on my porch after supper in the summertime and listen to the familiar sounds of the neighborhood children.

Mrs. Wilson across the street has her grandchildren often in the summer, and the squeals heard from them as they jump rope or play hopscotch are reminiscent of the fun I had as a child.

The three young girls down the street keep cool on hot, humid evenings by running through the sprinkler, shrieking with delight. Then there’s Iris, who rides her bicycle tirelessly up and down the block, and Chrissy often comes over to sit with me and chat. To me, there is no sweeter sound than that of children playing.

Chrissy’s stories begin with, "Know what?" Her blue eyes, pudgy nose and deep dimples are priceless, and she never has trouble keeping a conversation alive.



Iris often stops by to visit, too. She’s shy, but always wants to know "why." Why do squirrels like nuts? Why are all the flowers in your flower box red? Why are the neighbors’ kittens always on your porch? I don’t always have the answers, but I try the best I can to answer her.

These days, I don’t have to go any further than my front porch to enjoy summer. I still enjoy the light summer breezes, the fireflies that flit about in the evening darkness, and the aroma of the blooming flowers around me. It makes me happy that I always have tomorrow to look forward to, and I absolutely love the joyous noise of the neighborhood children. Do I get bored? Never! This is my cup of tea, and I wish it were summer all year long.






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