It’s been a very busy, fun-filled summer. I’ve taken few photos, instead have been living in the moment, enjoying time spent with friends, family, loved ones.
We ushered in August with a get together at Laura’s house. I grew up with Laura, our houses backed up to each other, remember playing over there often after school. Barbi and Paul attended 7th and 8th grade with us since their school only went through the sixth grade, but I knew Barbi long before then from seeing her at the playground situated between our homes. We met Sandy in High School and Laura’s been friends with her since. Significant others rounded out the party.
Paul and Marla arrived pulling a large cooler packed with the makings of numerous appetizers. We dined on wonton wrapped chicken with string beans and asparagus with string beans, fried and served with sweet and sour sauce: spinach stuffed portobello mushrooms: mozzarella stuffed zucchini flowers: squash casserole. We were so full Paul never made the rest of the appetizers he had planned. Despite our full bellies we managed to finish off the night with cheesecake and raspberry sauce and fruit trifle.
We reminisced about the old days, compared our memories of certain stories, asked about other friends we had hung out with. We all keep in touch with some of them; Facebook fills in the blanks on some of the others. We lived in a working class neighborhood, walked wherever we needed or wanted to, ice skated on the pond at the top of the street, ran around the playground already mentioned. It felt good to talk about my memories with people who have the same ones, to connect with people who knew me when I was a kid.
The following morning Bill and I drove to Massachusetts to the Seven Sisters Trail, a technical hike with multiple peaks. Thankfully, we had carb loaded the night before and were ready for a work out. We shortened the twelve-mile round trip to seven – seven strenuous, tiring, exhilarating miles. It was warm, not oppressive; by the time we got back to the car we were covered in dirt and sweating from earlobes to elbows.
After a quick towelling off and change of clothes in the car we headed to Northampton for an early dinner. For the ninety minute ride home we bought coffee, an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie the size of a saucer and an almond macaroon. We ate everything without a twinge of guilt.
August started out full throttle and hasn’t eased up yet. Guess I’m trying to squeeze the most out of these summer days.