Summertime blues. I think I have them.
Summers haven’t been the same since my Mom told me I had to wear a shirt, even though the boys didn’t. And of course, there were the shoes. A long time ago when I loved summer I wore red shoes with a red dot on the back.
It’s been summer in Texas since the middle of March.
The first day of FALL this year, officially, is 29 days away: September 23rd, the autumnal equinox. This is when the 24 hour day is split equally between day and night.
Or so they say. It remains to be seen if that’s how it really works here in Texas. I doubt it.
The first day of SPRING in 2012 is supposed to be March 20th. In the United States, yes. In Texas, we’ll see.
If I had to bet right now, I’d go for November 3rd for the first day of Fall in Texas and February 11 for the first day of Spring.
Winter, I predict, will begin December 17th. I’ve only been in Texas for 253 days, but who’s counting, so I may be off by a day or two.
I used to love summers when every day wasn’t 106 degrees. I loved summer when I wore red tennis shoes with a red dot on the back.
A long time ago when I loved summer, I lived where there was real grass and it was green (so was my house). And there were real trees in my yard: oak and birch and cherry and maple. And we went outside, on purpose, during the daytime!
We had picnics and company and went swimming and caught lightning bugs at dusk.
A long time ago when I loved summer, we would take exotic vacations to places like Michigan.
A long time ago when I loved summer, we would drive to the dunes and I played in the sand, which is not a thing like caliche. And sometimes I wore my shirt and sometimes I didn’t. But I always wore my red shoes with the red dot.
I don’t think summer has ever been as much fun since I started wearing my shirt and outgrew my red shoes. The shirt I’ve come to see as necessary. Possibly the cure for my summertime blues lies in the shoes. Do you think they sell Keds in a size 8 1/2 W that accommodate orthotics?