Summertime Happiness

Summertime Happiness

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Summertime Happiness is Hawaii

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. ~ John Lubbock

I can feel the summer coming to an end, and with it of course summertime happiness. There was just a whiff of fall that I caught on the air during a bike ride this weekend.  That smell does a couple of things for me, first it triggers my reduction in shaving and the beginnings of the growing of a fall beard.  That meant a lot more when I lived in colder climates but it is a tradition I have kept up.  I love the fall, it has always been the most exciting part of the year for me.  When I was a kid it signaled school starting and I loved going to school, it also came to mean hunting season and the start of the NFL season.

However today I want to talk about summer, about the simple joys of being a kid in summer.  What triggered my post tonight was a sound, a simple sound that I knew instantly what it was but couldn’t quite place.  It was a tune, I listened and after a bit it came to me it was Scott Joplin’s, The Entertainer.  More importantly it was being played on an ice cream truck and yes all I could hear in my head was the exasperated childhood voice screaming, “ice cream man!”  I remember that sound from childhood, our ice cream man was named Pete, it’s a bit of summertime happiness that is a memory that always makes me smile.

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Summertime Happiness is Reading

It also brought back memories of swimming for 10 hours a day in my Uncle Mike’s pool, hours hanging around on the local city playgrounds, the feeling of ice-cold water pouring down my throat when I was sweating and hot and lots of hours reading books I wanted to, not what they assigned in school.  I thought back to hours of laying on my back on a moss-covered rock in the woods staring at the sky.  Those moments so common as children are so precious and fleeting now in our complex lives.

So tonight, take a moment and think about those moments, relax and smile.  Even more importantly find a moment tomorrow or this week to relive one of those happy, happy moments.

One last thing to help you smile tonight, a little piece of music that to me is quintessential summertime, enjoy.

Have a happy day my friend ~ Rev Kane

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About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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2 Responses to Summertime Happiness

  1. The best part of having kids is getting to do all those kid things again that you have abandoned for no good reason. This summer I have gone skateboarding numerous times, and I just got back into boogie boarding. At my advanced, nearly geriatric, age (I’m nearly as old as you Minister) I would have guessed that I would never have gone skateboarding or boogie boarding ever again.
    And I really had a great time doing both.
    I bought a boogie board, and I am seriously considering getting a longboard.

    Not a bad summer!

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