I love summer.
I love, love, love summer. It isn't even July yet, and it's 93 degrees, and I am SO HAPPY.
Yesterday I was one of two moms wearing a swimsuit and getting soaked at the splash pad. The other mom was a hot young mom in a bikini, who turned out to be a colleague, so I didn't trip her onto the cement. But seriously. It's a bunch of kids and their moms, who cares? Why would anyone stand around the edge sweating in CLOTHES when they could be getting cooled off in a swimsuit?
Today we went over to some friends for the afternoon. The grownups ate, talked, drank Jon's wine, and talked. The guys discussed following your dream and how to market your hot sauce and/or wine. The women discussed--hell, I don't know. We talked. We laughed. We ate and drank and tried to head off kid drama as needed.
The kids had what Jon dubbed Waterpalooza. Kiddie pool, water guns, water balloons, water slide, water shooters, and a sprinkler set up to hit the trampoline. I took a few dashes down the water slide, which kind of startled our friend, which proved to me that we don't really know them that well. I am always up for cold water on a hot day.
I remember floating in a lake in Latgale with Carla, and our friend's husband hollering from the side, 'They are not Americans! They are from Siberia!" because the chill of the water didn't deter us.
I remember traveling with my dad on assignments throughout the west coast during summer vacations. Whether I was six or sixteen, he knew that all he had to do to keep me happy was buy the sugar cereals that were banned at home and get a motel with a pool (or campsite with a lake).
I remember standing in a river up to my thighs in Colorado, finally cooling down after a day of driving. Jenn took a picture that looks so much like a family photo we have of my mom around the same age, cooling off in Spirit Lake.
I remember the last time Jon and I took a road trip (by "last" I mean "most recent," not "final"--I hope!) to the Painted Hills. The whole long weekend was great, but on the third day we finally found access to a swimming beach on the John Day River, and I splashed and dove and floated with delight. Jon said, "This was your favorite part, right?"
He knows me.
When we got home to our un-air-conditioned house, I wasn't sure how we'd avoid developing cranky hot boredom.
But Inesa's best friend, who's also our neighbor, turns six today. They were just having a family party, but first the kids started playing on the common swing together, then somehow they were inside having pizza, then they ran home to wrap the gifts we bought yesterday, and now they're over there for cake and ice cream and presents. I went over to supervise, but felt more awkward than useful, so I asked the mom to call if my kids are obnoxious, and now I'm cheerfully sweating on the couch.
I have a book next to me. I'm gonna be reading it in about two minutes.
I love summer.