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    Jul122017

    Summer's simple pleasures: When did you last...

    summer simple pleasures

    Summer is the season of simple pleasures. A time for sweet, spontaneous — often spectacularly serendipitous — silliness such as those moments we remember from childhood. Our own childhood, possibly the childhoods of our children.

    Simple pleasures we've set aside — perhaps even forgotten — in our ongoing pursuit of grand adventures, grand outings, grand activities to share with our grand kids. Simple stuff we've likely not done in far too long.

    When did you last...

    • jump rope?

    • skip down the sidewalk?

    • play freeze tag?

    • sip root beer floats from a frosty mug?

    • run through the sprinkler?

    • have a water fight — with the garden hose, buckets, balloons?

    • swing as high as can be?

    • whistle with a blade of grass between your thumbs?

    • pull petals from a flower, reciting "he loves me, he loves me not"?

    • pull worms from a puddle?

    • skip stones across water?

    • splash across a stream?

    • play "motor boat" in the kids' pool?

    • blow bubbles with your face under water in a pool?

    • see who can hold their breath longest under water? Or not under water?

    • have a staring contest?

    • attend a summer library session?

    • attend a free concert in the park?

    • give the dog a bath outdoors?

    • pop caps with a rock on the sidewalk?

    • play hopscotch on the sidewalk?

    • lie on the lawn, stare at the sky, discover shapes in the clouds?

    • catch (and release) fireflies?

    • sit under the stars?

    • sleep under the stars?

    • take your feet of your bike pedals, splay them to the side, and shout for joy as you sail down a hill?

    • lick a double scoop cone?

    • or a triple?

    • feed ducks at the park?

    • have a bubble blowing contest?

    • or a watermelon seed spitting contest?

    • pick berries?

    • or wildflowers?

    • search for four-leaf clovers in the grass?

    • logroll down a grassy hill (without worrying about grass stains!)?

    • sing at the top of your lungs while snapping your fingers in time?

    • sing around a campfire?

    • while making s'mores?

    Has it been a while for you?

    Has it been never for the grands?

    Then grab the kids and go! Go sing, splash, slurp, seek, simply be silly.

    Because summer's fading fast — and kids are growing faster.

    And because summer's simple stuff may one day be the big stuff grown and gone grandkiddos simply remember best.

    Today's question:

    What simple pleasures would you add to the list?

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Oh me, it has been a while since I've done a lot of these. Thank you Lisa for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I pinned your post on Pinterest and shared it on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

    I've only done 2 of those things lately with the grandkids . . . root beer floats and feeding ducks at the pond. I love your phrase ' summer's fading fast — and kids are growing faster' and your wise counsel about how the simple things could very well be the BIG things that the grands remember most. You're such a good writer!!

    July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNina Lewis

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