Page Eighteen: This Summer

Can it be that summer is nearly over already? It’s been raining in Kansas for the past three weeks with no signs of stopping.


“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” 
–Yoko Ono

On one hand we are grateful because we’ve been in a drought for three years.
On the other hand, we are drowning.

Summer used to be magical! This summer, nothing seemed to work the way that it was supposed to. Summer used to be so crazy delightful but this summer just seems like what it is. I am an adult with a job that I go to every day and there is no summer break. Every day is every other day, only occasionally with a higher heat and humidity.

It’s supposed to be 111 degrees at Pond Party but this year it was rainy with a high of 75.


We’re supposed to have Ryan and Josh’s birthday pool party at Grandma’s house in the sweltering heat. But this year, it has to be moved to an indoor location due to the unswimmable weather. We’re all pretty excited to go bowling together this weekend, though.

I have not put my body into a pool or a bathing suit even one time. Though I did get drunk and dance in a back yard. At least there was that.


I have eaten watermelon once. That was in May. A few days ago, a coworker brought tomatoes from her garden. So at least I didn’t go an entire year without tasting a real, real tomato.


Despite all of the reality, this summer has been lovely.

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