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he article on p.19 is about simple summer pleasures. All the Natural Awakenings publishers (did you know there are nearly 100 of us now?) around the country were invited to share their childhood summer memories with you. In typical A.D.D. fashion, I didn’t meet the deadline to be included in the article, so I’ll reminisce a little here. I was born in 1957, so I’ve enjoyed many summers. My growing-up years were spent in Warrenton, Virginia, from when I was six years old until I went to college. I’ve always been a night-owl. After my four younger siblings went to bed, I would watch “The Tonight Show” (Johnny Carson), then sometimes the late show, then stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning, drawing and painting on the screened porch, accompanied by the nocturnal sounds of the crickets, cicadas, and woods surrounding our house. I would get up at noon and proceed to read my book-ofthe-day from the library. Nancy Drew and other books were devoured in sets, as well as Dick Francis novels among others. Our family had lots of music—my mother and I both played piano, and she and I often played Baroque music together, with me on the alto recorder and she on the harpsichord that Dad had built for her. Often, Mom took us to the community pool for the afternoon, where I sold hand-woven pot-holders for a quarter to anyone who was kind enough to respond, and promptly bought frozen Zero bars and Orange Crush soda from the concession stand. The other kids and I competed in cannonball competitions and “Jump/Dive” challenges. After dinner and nightfall, we would go out and catch lightning bugs—unless, of course, real lightning was flashing on the horizon. We had slow and contented lightning bugs, and later in the ‘60s the “racers” started showing up as well. The big, noisy June beetles always delivered a jolt when they crashed and buzzed into the screen door for the first time each season. I often rode my horse. We’d snag the family dog, and the three of us went off to roam for a few hours. That horse saved my life at least twice, but that’s the subject of another Letter. I fondly remember the summer sounds, scents, and sights. We respectfully watched the awesome lighting during the daily (or nightly) storms. When I slept, the metal fan kept me cool. When it rained, the rain fell on the tin roof outside my windows—and yes, it both sounded and smelled glorious. In high school, I noticed that the trees’ leaves turned upside-down before a storm, and only the rain-bird sang during this temporarily quiet time. I don’t know what the rain-bird is, but it has the most beautiful song on earth. Happy summer. Please be simple and clear, enjoy your memories, build new ones, grow like the corn, and love unconditionally.
Carolyn July 2012
Published on Jul 2, 2012
Published on Jul 2, 2012
“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, July 2012 issue. The full-color monthly magazine about green, local, organic, wholistic, natural, fun, health...