Thursday, June 16, 2011

Those summer. . . ni-ights!

Summer days, drifted away
But oh! Oh! The summer nights!

~ from Grease

Last night on the way home from an impromptu playdate with our good friends, The Nankervis/Esler Clan:

Isaiah: "That was fun, hanging out with Cassidy in the storm."

Zachary: "Fiona, too!"

Isaiah: "You were playing with Fiona. We're six so we were doing big kid things."

Me: "Hey guys. . . wasn't it funny that there was ice coming from the sky even in the summer?"

Isaiah: "Mom, are you talking about the hail storm?"

Me: (in my head) Yeah, wise ass.

Isaiah: "Boiled peanuts?"

Cassidy: "Yep. Boiled peanuts!"

Isaiah: "Tastes kind of unusual."

Cassidy: "To me, they're yummy!"

Isaiah: "Hey! The shells might make good boats for the river next to the cars!"

Cassidy: "Good idea!"

Me: "You and Cassidy and Zachary and Fiona are old friends."

Isaiah: "No, we are not old!"

Me: "Not you are old. But you've known each other for a long time. Like you and Cass met when you were only one. And Fi and Zach were only a few weeks old."

Isaiah: "I was only one?"

Me: "Yep. You hadn't even turned two yet!"

Zachary: "But no, Mommy. You and Fiona's mommy and daddy are old friends because you have to be old. But me and Fiona, we did used to be baby friends."

Me: "Baby friends, huh?"

Zachary: "Mommy?"

Me: "Yes?"

Zachary: "Now, I think we are in each other's family."

Me: "I like that. Old friends are like family."

Isaiah: "Wait--are you sure I was only one when I met Cassidy? I don't remember that. . . . I really don't."

In and out of screen doors. . . hail storms. . . laughter. . .Popsicles.. . .watermelon. . .mosquitoes . . .kids. . . life. . . .

. . . and witnessing all of the magic on a big covered porch with old old friends, young old friends, formerly baby friends. . . .and, of course, family. . . . .


This, my friends, is summer in the southern United States.

Happy Summer, y'all.

What's it like in your neck of the woods?


  1. HOT!! Lotsa 100+ degree days. Makes me very thankful for air conditioning! :o) and to think... it's not even officially "summer" yet. wow.

  2. My 10 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed the hail/storm last night too. she had never seen hail and was so excited! We were watching the fireflys in the yard when the thunder started. The all night rain was just what we needed.

  3. We leave for Florida on Monday for summer with the grands ... I can't wait for our lovely summer in the south. I love your photos.

  4. Those are some magical childhood memories right there.

  5. Love this post. The photos are pure art, such lovely memories your families are making. Peanut shells as boats? You've got an engineer or an artist there. Or both!

  6. Same-same here, baby. Same-same.


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