The Cotton is High – June 21

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


“It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.”
 Anna Godbersen, Bright Young Things

This series of summertime posts have been about remembering a younger time in our lives, when in my generation at least, we were free to roam and play, to use our imaginations and pretend all manner of things. Because I am an addicted reader I have used the writing of others to highlight the posts with thoughtful quotes from their work. How surprised they would be to know that their words have influenced our own introspection about the summer in each of our lives.

In my mind, I can only think of summers rolled into one, where things happened over and over, yet are highlighted with memories like the summer I learned to ride a bike and kept falling into the neighbors bushes. All the twilight times that signaled it was time to go home. Many first two weeks in August when the girls took over Camp Echo, the YMCA camp in Fremont, Michigan.  All the times of sunburn, new shorts and sleeveless blouses. The summers I went to Hobby Horse Stable to ride my horse; summer horse shows, and a few ribbons. Falling in and out of love on a regular basis. I was effervescent then and if that translates to enthusiasm, eagerness, and curiosity, than I am still that way. This June we are all free to recapture some of the things that summers were once about. Thank you for joining me and leaving wonderful comments about how this summer is working out. See you tomorrow if you are free to come out 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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9 Responses to The Cotton is High – June 21

  1. dino0726 says:

    This summer — We need rain (SC). And yet, Texas is getting too much. Sometimes I wish there was a way to bring some of it over here. 🙂
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    • celticmama36 says:

      I’d love to be able to send some over to you, too! I was born in South Carolina and, after living the first 39 years of my life there, I now live on the Texas Gulf coast. We have had two floods in our town since the end of April. I’m pretty sure most of us here are thinking “ENOUGH ALREADY!” I hope you folks get the rain you need soon!

  2. noelleg44 says:

    Hi Stepheny: on the backside of our 1000 mile road trip to see our son. We’ll be glad to be home after ten days away. For some reason this post triggered memories of one summer when I went to Girl Scout Camp. I see a post coming soon. The thought of it evoked some wonderful feelings. Thanks for the trigger.

  3. celticmama36 says:

    I look forward to reading back over your series, Stepheny.

    I miss the freedom of my childhood. My own children were not able to be so free because of a bad situation back home in South Carolina. My siblings and I were free to play all over our neighborhood, though most of the time, we were the Kool-Aid house and everyone played there. 🙂 Even when we moved across the highway when Daddy bought his property, we were still free to ride our bikes over to the old neighborhood and did on a regular basis. We knew where we couldn’t go and where we could. It was wonderful spending days riding bikes all over the place, across the highway, up Little Mountain, and through the woods. Thanks for the smile. 🙂

    Thanks also for stopping by my blog PS Annie! Have a great day!

    • Glad we share these same kinds of memories of riding our bikes. As you say, we knew where we could go and not. I realize now it was the early experimentation of independence. Thanks for leaving this comment that made ME smile too.

      • celticmama36 says:

        You’re welcome, Stepheny. I am glad that I made you smile. 🙂

        I think that had my mama realized it was an experimentation of independence, she never would have let me ride my bike all over the place. My independence drove her mad from the get-go. When I was a baby and trying to walk, I wouldn’t let her hold my hand. I apparently said to her, “I’ll do it myself”, but in baby vocabulary, of course. It had us at odds on many occasions. I am thankful for the freedom that I was allowed way back then. Where did you like to ride your bike?

        Have a blessed day!

  4. Stepheny, Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such encouraging comments to get me going again after the A to Z Challenge. I will try to find some time between work and all those other things that happen in life.

  5. PS, forgot to say I love your June celebrating Summertime theme. Fran

  6. Hello! I’m visiting from the Blogging A to Z Road Trip.
    I have read a few of your June Summertime themed posts–they certainly remind me of summer.. This post in particular caught my eye. The photo–it reminds me of the Hackley or Hume Home or other historical buildings from downtown Muskegon, MI. Also reading over the post: the YMCA in Fremont, MI. My family is from Muskegon, and I once worked in Fremont, so it’s great to ‘meet’ someone from the area or who once was in the area.
    God bless you & yours.

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