#SOL: Summertime

ImageTuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 



current river

Lazy sunny day.

even cold toes,
resting on the bottom of the canoe.

sparkly water and
sandy beaches.

Singly or as a flotilla,
Slicing through the clean and serene
Current River.

What’s your favorite summertime memory?

18 responses

  1. Yesterday I swam laps in the outdoor pool of my childhood. So many good memories!!

    1. What fun! Celebrating memories is so important!

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Is your Current River in Missouri? Love a good float trip!

    1. Yes, the Current River is in Missouri! Such a fun place to be on a hot summer day!

  3. Digging at the beach and making “dribble” castles — we made the sand soupy so it dribbled. Best summer smell, Sea & Ski; best floatation device: canvas inflatable raft.

    1. We’ve had decades of being canoe owners – so much fun on so many levels. Love the picture of your “dribble” castles. What fun!

  4. My favorite summertime memory has always been the sunflowers. They bloom so big in the late fall/summer.

    1. Renae,
      Oh, sunflowers are such a “summertime” icon. What a strong, vivid image!
      Thanks for commenting!

  5. Ooh – I love the way your poem weaves together the heat of the summer with the refreshing cool of the water, Fran! Summer is all about white hydrangeas and deep red gladioli for me – that’s what my grandfather grew, and his summer garden was so delightful. PS. Glad you are finally in the summer mode, Fran!

    1. Tara,
      The sun will be burning you but you cannot be barefoot (in deep water) because the bottom of the canoe is that cold. It’s an interesting concept especially in an aluminum canoe!

      I don’t even know what hydrangeas are (will look them up) but my grandfather always had roses on a trellis that was re-painted every year.

      And it’s a short summer but I enjoy my July!

      Thanks again, Tara! It was so much fun to meet you TWICE this summer!

  6. Oh, what memories. I’ve floated the Current River-long ago when I lived in Missouri. Beautiful there. So glad you shared!

    1. Linda, you are correct! Absolutely a beautiful float! We always thought it was worth the travel distance!

      Thanks for commenting!

  7. Have loved attending summer sports camp with my student-athletes. There’s nothing better than a canoe trip with the whole camp to bond and build memories. While this wasn’t a great day, one memory that makes me laugh is when we were canoeing in the rain and then a head wind picked up, making our job that much tougher. We laughed at our “luck,” that summer, after such a glorious day the previous one. What doesn’t sink us makes us stronger.

    Happy Summer, Fran.

    1. Aileen,
      What a great story! There have been those times when “cold” rains chilled us to the bone but we had to float anyway! Can’t control the weather. And yes, it makes us stronger!
      Likewise, have a great summer and thanks for commenting!

  8. Summer cottage by the lake in Finland! This year it will be a long weekend by Lake Huron. Hopefully no socks needed then like this morning (it’s too cold to even open my living room window!)

    1. Jaana,
      I am guessing that the weather will change by the weekend! A summer cottage in Finland sounds fun!

      Always more places to see and to go!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Thank you, Fran for you summertime poem that contrasts heat of the day with the coldness of the water. I enjoyed hearing about your summer serenity that I can only imagine since I am seaside by the Atlantic Ocean. I will merge your photo of the river with your poem for the Summer Serenity site that should be unveiled around mid-August. Thank you for allowing your poem to have double duty.

    1. Thanks, Carol!

      Fresh water (fed by a spring) vs. Atlantic Ocean. Interesting! The water tastes and feels different based on location! More food for thought!

      I look forward to seeing your collection next month. Thank you for allowing me to participate!

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