Welcome if you are visiting because you are on the 2016 A to Z Post Challenge Road Trip This is a series during the month of June celebrating Summertime
“Summer on the farm was glorious. Peter spent as much time out of doors as possible, and he had many playmates, since all the children were free from their spring and autumn duties of tending crops or going to school. Peter had become the leader of a merry band of youngsters, aged six to fourteen, who followed the Wild Boy wherever he went and seemed to understand his unintelligible noises. If they did not understand, then they pretended to.
The life of a princess has many advantages, but I envied those children for their time with Peter and for what seemed to me to be a simple, carefree existence.”
― Christopher Daniel Mechling, Peter: The Untold True Story
I took summertime with friends in the neighborhood for granted, but looking back, I wish I had been more mindful of all the things we did. I don’t recall that we made plans as much as we just showed up. Growing up in Evanston, IL. was safe in the 40’s and 50’s. We jumped rope and threw a ball against a wall, and rode bicycles. We played on our screen porch and under a large willow tree at the back of the garden. There was no ‘Peter’ that I remember as the ringleader and organizer. The cast of characters changed from day to day depending on who was available to play. I played dolls, and read books, and listen to music, and pretended all manner of things. It was a simple and carefree existence with playmates that have probably forgotten my name too, but I bet we all remember summer days, barefoot, and free to roam from yard to yard only coming home when called.
This summer I think we should call up a few friends, explain a summer day we are proposing, and ask them to join us. They will thank us for inviting them out to play even if it is a rather grownup lunch or cup or tea.