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    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 (3)

    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

    We've played freeze tag, caught fireflies and found shapes in the clouds with our grandchildren this summer. Usually, we have been to what we fondly call "the duck park", but we haven't made it yet this year. We need to get moving to get some more of these done this summer. Thanks for sharing lots of memories from my childhood and thank you for hosting!

    July 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa
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