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summer memories ...

"Campin'Out" Oil on canvas, 12"x 12" ©2011 Bjlane

As a kid, I always looked forward to summer––no school, sleeping in, swimming pools, and books. But there was one activity that stands out in my memory. It was something that the whole family looked forward to with great anticipation. The family camping trip–– four kids and two adults piled into a V.W. Microbus, heading out of the hot, crowded city––with sleeping bags, lanterns, ices chests, toilet paper, and canned food.

The sweltering heat, curvy roads, and the seemingly endless drive was almost unbearable. But, once the parking brake was set, and the sliding door opened for the passengers to exit, all was forgiven.

My eyes squinted from the brightness. I breathed in the brisk, fresh smells of the pines, looked up at the deep blue sky filled with floating cotton candy, and listened to the cool bubbling stream splash against the river rocks. Soon my thonged feet would be icy cold, my skin would begin to feel the warmth of the sun, and mom would be calling us for dinner. Warmed beans and hotdogs, with potato salad. Roasted marshmallows for dessert.


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