the essence of summer

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  • Sunday dinners of steamed littleneck clams, corn on the cob, and lots of butter
  • Evenings on the porch waiting for the fireflies to wake up
  • The smell of freshly cut hay
  • A gentle stream of sweat trickling down my back on the hottest of days
  • Afternoons of shelling peas
  • Ice cream for supper
  • Warm soil between my toes
  • Beach umbrellas and coconut butter suncream
  • Swinging in my hammock
  • Picnic dinners with friends
  • Gin and tonics with fresh lime
  • The annual peach festival
  • Driving with all the car windows down and the music blaring
  • Every week new flowers in bloom
  • The crack of a baseball bat
  • Grilled dinners
  • Rereading my favorite childhood books on a lazy humid afternoon
  • “Watch the tram car, please.”
  • Sliced tomatoes, lightly salted, a drizzle of olive oil
  • So many shades of green
  • Waking up to birdsong every morning
  • Listening to big band music while sipping lemonad
  • Crickets
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