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May 25 2012

…and the livin’ is easy.

by Veronica W

“I don’t need no stinkin’ grill!” he stated emphatically, with an impish grin. He then proceeded to dig a hole in the backyard, fill it with charcoal and other combustible stuff and top it with a purloined, foil wrapped rack from the oven.  This was his ritual for the first barbecue of the summer.  It was something his dad did when he was growing up and that, along with buying the first watermelon of the season, signaled the beginning of summer for him.  Of course after that, the “stinkin’ grill” was pulled out and used with frequency until Labor Day.

Memorial Day is the official beginning of summer and the parks and pools fill with people who have waited for this starter gun.  Yet there are many folk who don’t feel that summer has arrived until they until they have, do or experience something.  As a child , I knew it was summer when I heard the ice cream truck coming down the street.  Part of the fun was scrambling for change and then racing after the truck, yelling “Wait! Wait!” as it started to pull away.  Nothing tastes so good as a creamsicle (orange sherbert and vanilla ice cream) that you’ve had to work for.

As an adult, I’m not so easily pleased (if  lack of dignity and good knees would allow me to race after an ice cream truck).  However summer has arrived for me when I am not awakened by the rumbling of school buses. I also have one very sheer, “floozy” skirt that I wear only when it’s very hot. I’ve had it for years and fortunately it has an elastic waistband.

If you need some help slipping into the season, listen to any rendition of Gershwin’s Summertime and check out these books to get you in the spirit:

Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue –  100 recipes for backyard cooking

The Ultimate Ice Cream Book – wonderful recipes for ice creams, sorbets and more

10 Best of Everything National Parks –  top selections of parks

Perhaps, however,  there’s something else that helps signal summer for you. If it’s not digging a hole in the backyard, we’d like to hear what it is.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lillian May 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

It’s probably when I buy my first can of insect repellent. For some reason I am a mosquito magnet. Also making my first big jar of sun tea.

Joseph M May 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

One of my favorite indicators is when the fireflies start to come out in the evenings. The first swim of the year is what clinches it.

Tosh Norfair June 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Summer starts when you wake up get dress for work hop in the car and realize that traffic is not as congested as it was the week before. When you realize that there are no yellow buses on the road and you get to work just a little bit earlier.

Its funny but as a kid summer was somewhat the same thing it started when you did not have to go to bed until late and could wake up late read what I wanted to read and ride my bike until the streetlights came on.

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