Reverend Mother writes:
...or town, or suburb, or hamlet, or burg, or unincorporated zone, or rural area of your choice---pretty much anywhere but the southern hemisphere, it's summer. (Australians and others, consider this an invitation to take a break from winter for a while.)
1. Favorite summer food(s) and beverage(s)
We can eat strawberries any time now, but I always associate them with summer, because my grandparents had a huge strawberry patch on their farm when I was little. I loved to pick and eat the strawberries -- still do. A few years ago we travelled to Bayfield, and spent an afternoon picking fresh strawberries. Better than anything in the store! As well, I love raspberries, corn on the cob, fresh lemonade, wine coolers.
2. Song that "says" summer to you. (Need not be about summer explicitly.)
Chicago's: Saturday in the Park
... I think it was the 4th of July
wonderful images of summer in the city...
And I associate it with weekend family camping trips, where we had the transistor radio blaring while running back and forth to the lake
3. A childhood summer memory
evening picnics by the lake, meeting my dad after work by one of the city lakes, bringing a picnic basket and sharing sandwiches. Simple pleasures are the best.
4. An adult summer memory
the caravan of cars travelling out to the Black Hills, with my sister and her husband, my mom and dad, and my neices and nephews. We stopped in the Badlands, where it was about 98 in the shade, but in the Black Hills it was a cool 72! The neices and nephew were pre-school age and like the buffalo and the Fairy Tale Park best. It was a wonderful time
5. Describe a wonderful summer day you'd like to have in the near future. (weather, location, activities)
I'd just like to spend a lazy day at the lake again someday. (so near, and yet so far)
Optional: Does your place of worship do anything differently in the summer? (Fewer services, casual dress, etc.)
We have only two Sunday services instead of three, and the 8:00 a.m. one is out on the lawn unless it rains. There is still communion every Sunday (even outside), but the outdoor service is more casual, with a lot of rowdy hymn-singing.