Summertime and the Living is Easy – June 10

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


“Seven a.m. on the first day of summer vacation was, to her mind, a dangerous time to be awake. Even God had to be sleeping in.” 

 Victoria Kahler, Luisa Across the Bay

We have little time these days to reflect on the innocence of our earliest memories. Today I am inviting you to join me on an arm chair archaeological dig, digging for memories that ultimately got buried by the years. It has been a long time since we awakened at 7:00AM on the first day of summer vacation when it seemed logical that God was sleeping in.

Once the shadows on my bedroom wall seemed real and dangerous. Once I believed that after I put the dollies in their beds for the night, like Raggedy Ann, they had adventures while I slept. It has been a long time since I sneaked a cigarette at a slumber party or made telephone calls asking, “Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Well, let him out.” A long time since I lay on my back looking up at the northern lights in a Michigan sky, or was kissed in the shadows of the front porch just before my curfew.

If we dig down and retrieve these innocent times, bringing them to the surface of this June summer day, I believe it will help us have a great summer. Take the hand of the innocent child you once were and follow he or she out the door to play.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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12 Responses to Summertime and the Living is Easy – June 10

  1. Barbara Williamson says:

    Stepheny, this post was just thought-provoking and wonderful. When I was little, I had a shallow creek near my house. I would go and sit on big rocks and listen for hours. I would imagine all kinds of things and it is where I learned to talk to God. Thanks for the reminder. You’re right, it formed me into my real self.

    • I know we would have been friends as children, and I’d like to think you would have shared your rock by the creek. Reading books, sunbathing, and listening to God, who loves us to this day and beyond.

  2. dino0726 says:

    {giggle} {snort} I suppose it’s been a long time since anyone has received a ‘Prince Albert’ call. 🙂
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

    • I’ve never heard my grandchildren talk of such things, and I have never gotten such a phone call. Glad this memory made you laugh. We thought we were SO funny when we made these calls.

  3. jazzfeathers says:

    It’s been a long time since I last lay in my bed listening to music and making up stories all the afternoon long. Now I can only make up stories when I sit at my pc 🙂

  4. johnvic8 says:

    How about lightning bugs in a mason jar?

  5. Taking a nail to pound holes in the lid….the absence of fireflies today in the garden is a loss for today’s children, and for you and I who hold the memory of catching them so dear.

  6. Hi Stepheny, summer time in the Philippines just ended. Children enjoy a break from school from late March to end of May. How I miss those summer school breaks!

  7. Paula says:

    What wonderful summer memories these are. We loved the fireflies and crickets. And laying in bed listening to all that was going on outside. I am cruising through on the A to Z Road Trip.

    • Come back when you can. Have been posting summertime memories to make this summer more meaningful. It feels good to be writing each day after a break from the challenge. Enjoy your road trip.

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