One of my favorite summer memories involves a garbage bag.
Classic summer, right? 😉
Okay so maybe not. But if you will, picture two large plastic bags on the grass, with a green garden hose coiled nearby.
And these two
trouble makers problem solvers pursuers of possibility (who did not live near a pool at the time)
My sister B and me, Lake Michigan
Then add water. Up to our chins. Until we are blowing bubbles across the surface of our
non-Olympic regulation size Hefty pools.
And we’re grinning.
Because we really, really wanted to go swimming.
And so we found a way. Mostly. Even if that meant we gripped the edges of our bags
to keep our personal pools intact.
Ah, summer and possibility. They go together like garbage bags and swimming.
Even now I feel there’s something about the sun popping up early and sticking around way after dinner that promotes more adventure.
But this summer I keep thinking, do it for the process
Because it’s nice to swim (whatever your pool may be)
and blow bubbles on the surface
or go for a hike, or take photos of hummingbirds in your backyard
or write a story, draw a picture
Sure I’m mostly still a problem solving, direction oriented, check off the box on my to do list kind of person…
Here are some of my drawings turned greeting cards in my new Etsy Shop
…but it’s really nice to let summer take over for a bit.
Do you have a favorite summer memory?
24 thoughts on “The (Hefty) Possibility of Summer”
Playing softball at camp for several summers.
Nice! Camp and summer go together nicely too. 🙂
Hefty swimming pools?? You and your sister clearly gifted early with huge imaginations!
Gifted is one way to look at it. I think my mom sometimes wanted us to take our imaginations down a few notches, ha ha.
I love the imaginative things that kids think of. Bet that water was really cold. Throwing hard balls, or a Frisbee with my Dad in the summer evenings. Climbing to the top of the backyard cherry tree and singing made up songs or reading a book — and eating cherries off the tree.
Great artwork. I know you are an excellent photographer, but I didn’t realize what an accomplished artist you are!
Frisbee is very big here at our house! Love your cherry tree memories, Patricia. 🙂
Hefty bag swimming pools are the ultimate in problem-solving creativity! I would not have thought about that. And that pic of the hummingbirds…. just wow!
Thanks, Jennette! Recently I saw something on TV that showed people lining dumpsters with tarps and then swimming in it. Now that is a little too garbage-y for me. Haha.
There’s nothing like summer when you’re a kid, that’s for sure 🙂 And my favorite summer memory is actually a combined memory—all the days we spent at a place called Requa Lake in Spring Valley, N.Y. It was a swim “club,” I guess you called it, with everything from the large lake-like pool, ping pong, a pavillion with a jukebox, tons of picnic tables under trees, baseball fields (well, not well-kept). Just everything for Sundays filled with family fun. It’s no longer there. They leveled it to make a townhouse community.
You had me at jukebox! That would’ve been a huge draw for me as a kid. 🙂
We did have a swimming pool in our backyard–so my favorite summer memory is spending all day in my suit, playing in the pool with my sister!
I love your cards, and such a good idea to start an Etsy shop with your creations! Good luck!
Thank you, Kate! Ah, backyard pool with your sister–great memories, I’m sure. When we lived in New Orleans, we had a neighborhood pool and during the summers I was in my swimsuit morning to night!
Coleen – the past several years I’ve enjoyed watching my kids grow up and play at the lake in Michigan, but growing up it was the trip to Saudi Arabia after my parent’s divorce. My brothers and I – three boys separated by 18 months – what was my mom thinking? Summer in Saudi Arabia was so darned hot – the sidewalk fried our bare feet, so we swam in pool for hours and played pool in the community room with a couple of girls who were visiting Saudi Arabia from Los Angeles. I remember going shopping with my step-mother and we needed a driver to take us because women couldn’t drive. Saudi Arabia was a strange place. Summer was exhilarating and exhausting. We’d spend time as a family at the pool in the evenings when my dad came home from work. We slept well at night and dreamed the dreams of summer. Summer goes so quickly, seemingly, it’s gone in an instant. I hope your summer has been amazing. Love reading your posts. Happy Monday, or Happy Tuesday because that’s where I am today – enjoy your week.
Saudi Arabia! Wow. Sounds like there’s a book somewhere in those memories! Thanks for stopping by and for the positive vibes. 🙂
And they say necessity is the mother of invention. Check out the cleverness of you two sisters. I am truly impressed. I would never have thought of a Hefty pool. Love, love, love those cards Coleen. You are so talented. And since I’m late, Happy Tuesday/Wednesday to you!! 🙂
Thank you, Karen! 🙂
I love your drawings!!!
I think my favorite summer memory is playing in the pool. Whether it was the one my parents set up in the back yard or getting to be a guest at the community pool. I loved swimming and floating 🙂
Thanks so much, Emma. 🙂 Swimming and floating really are the best!
Coleen your art is beautiful and so original a sense of playfulness runs through your work.
Thank you, Kath!!!
I love your pool idea! You and I would have been besties if we would have grown up in the same neighborhood.
Love your cards! I’ll check out your shop1
Thanks! And yes, I believe we would’ve, Susie! 🙂
That’s a great idea! I can’t believe we never tried that while living in Michigan (but too far away from any lakes). We did try to construct slip and slide type things with garbage bags and a hose and that was fun too. I’ve missed you and your artwork. I hope everything’s going well with you!
We tried the slip and slide construction once too, but with less success-hahaha! I’m recalling a big tangle of wet plastic. 😉
Thanks for stopping by and your kind words–much appreciated!