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
“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.”
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
I have changed the photograph for this third week of posts about summertime. I selected it from my Pinterest boards because it reminds me of the architecture in Evanston, IL. where I grew up. The Dickens quote could have been written about Evanston too.
This series of posts has been like looking at a slide show of old photographs, slowly clicking by. I see myself walking beside my mother down Asbury Avenue to Davis street where the grocery once was. I recall the neighborhood children from several blocks around, some days incurring skinned knees from some escapade or another. I remember the used Hudson car I was given for my 16th birthday, and the high school friends that gathered that day for a surprise birthday party. Some of those precious friends are still woven into the tapestry of my life.
I read that the name, Stepheny, means ‘crowned one.’ Growing up when I did, a summer free child, I realize how blessed I was then and remain today. I may not celebrate summers in the fashion I once did, but the Dickens quote seems a perfect description of once upon a time, not so very long ago…and reminds me of the crown I have been given. My summer has been enriched by writing these posts. I hope they have helped you approach this summer more intentionally, and that you are having a great June.