“Ode to Summer”

Vacation trips, adventures, off-roading and more,

Fun with friends and family, summer’s never a bore.

Splashing dog washes and sudsy car washes,

Out in the backyards with our gardens and squashes.


We went to the beach (with kites!) and combed the seashore,

Searching for shells and pirates and treasures of yore.

Snorkeled and swam and played in the ocean,

Slathered with sunscreen and all sorts of lotion.


Towering castles we built entirely of sand,

And it was so much fun to step off dry land.

Barbeques, grilling, picnics, cookouts, and parties,

Tossing candy to kids— to each a sweet roll of Smarties!


Jumping in puddles with muddy galoshes,

Searching for Bigfoot and hairy Sasquatches.

Trips to the park and staying out after dark,

Watching fireflies and cheering each July firework’s spark.


Fishing, camping, biking, hiking, and parasailing,

We did it all until the wallet was wailing.

We sat in the porch swing, relaxing with tea,

Oh! What a summer we had, you next to me.


Too soon summer has ended and its now the fall season,

But it’s fun to look back, as if we really needed a reason.

Thank you for visiting with us here today!

My story friend Little Red Bear’s favorite summer pastimes are fishing and searching for honey. How do you and your family experience and celebrate the fun times and joys of the summer season?  Please let us know in the comments, and share any special activities, traditions, and favorite vacation spots you look forward to and take pleasure in each summer.

Summer is a perfect time for both relaxing and participating in fun, outdoor sports and activities while building fond family memories together. — Jim (and Red!)

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“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

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                     “One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”                     – Henry David Thoreau

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James