Fish Are Jumpin’ – June 16

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 vacation is about watermelons, shaved ice, popsicles, summer festivals with fireworks, and the ocean!!! That’s what summer has been about for elementary school kids since the dawn of time!
  Peach-Pit, Shugo Chara!, Vol. 2: Friends in Need

Today, thinking of our memories of summer, let’s make a list and begin to replicate them.  I think we can all begin with the items mentioned above: Watermelon, popsicles, fireworks…

I am going to add…ice cream cones, picnic food, picking blackberries, catching fireflies, tennis games, parades, sitting on a beach towel, wet feet from dew on the grass, roller skating, putting air in my bicycle tires, Camp Echo-girl’s camp in Fremont Michigan, reading on the screen porch…to name a few.

Some of my list will be impossible to repeat. I can no longer walk to the corner to buy my Dad’s newspaper for a dime, but I can serve dinner outside tonight, a menu that includes food off the grill, and watermelon for desert. What’s on your list that you would like to do tonight?

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 Fish Are Jumpin’ – June 16

  1. Tonight, I think I’d be happy with anything that doesn’t involve unplugging my ADSL modem, computers and televisions because there’s yet another load of thunder rumbling around the hills!

    • I have a better idea. Are you able to get the series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries? They are wonderful. The music is one of its charms. Here is a link to prove my point. This would be more fun than unplugging ‘stuff.’ Try this:

      • Only if it’s available on Netflix. But for Netflix I need my internet connection, which I wouldn’t have during a storm, as it is absolutely has to be unplugged. I have now replaced my ADSL modem/router that Wednesday’s storm killed.

      • Yes, it is available on Netflix which is how I watch it. Set is Australia, the clothes, the cars, the stories…ah, wonderful. How about started the series where the cast of characters are slowly added, BETWEEN storms.

      • Season one is available, and on the list (along with ‘Orange is the New Black’, ‘Breaking Bad’ and Weeds; sequencing to be decided).

  2. dino0726 says:

    Drinking water from the hose; seeking out our friends who were always outside; not coming home til dusk. 🙂
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  3. Sandy says:

    We often eat outside, in fact more than inside as soon as the weather starts getting decent in May. Some nights we have cocktails out and then it cools down to much to have dinner out in the early sprin, but …we love being out and so make the most of it. Never went to camp as a kid, so can’t replicate that. And can’t catch lighting bugs anymore, there are so few of them…though we did see some the other night briefly and it made both hubby and I smile. My bike’s in the shed and needs new tires…maybe I’ll get hubby to help with that this wkend; though I don’t like riding on the streets in traffic anymore, I do like riding on paths. Flash light tag would be something I’d like to add, and I would like to connect with a friend from those days. Through the beauty of facebook, I’ve been able to connect with almost everyone on my little street from my childhood days, but 1….oh how I’d like to find ad connect with her. I don’t remember her first married name, or when she got divorced and I heard she got married again with no clue of her married name. I no longer live in town, nor does she.

    • Your wonderful addition to this post makes me glad I am writing about summertime this June. I’d forgotten about flash light tag. I vote for getting your bike tires fixed. Tonight when you are having dinner outside, think of me who wishes I could join you. Thanks for sharing some memories.

  4. johnvic8 says:

    Top of my list: celebrate my granddaughter Kate’s high school graduation.

  5. Hello again, Stepheny! I remember summers spent (in the early years) at bungalow colonies, in upstate New York. There were always lakes, with beaches, and later beaches on the Ocean, with the wonderful scent of suntan lotion. I just hear a song which always reminds me of this, just this morning while making breakfast:

    My favorite lyric here is: “I wanna go where the summer never ends…”

    • Oh. love the video and your memories including the smell of suntan lotion. Thanks for taking time to comment and for sure for adding the Youtube link. Wish I could tag along with you to revisit the bungalow colonies. Happy, the rest of the summer.

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