June 29, 2005

Sands of summer are slippin' this way

With trollers (sp.?) in hand, my two uncles began smoothing out the sand that lines the sides of my aunt's new summer pool abode.

I helped lift some sand over the aluminum walls, but generally, I didn't do much constructive work today. I think she has plans for me to help dig the electrical ditch for the filter in a few days.

That's the least I could do for a free pool area within a minute from my house.

This evening, however, I played with my 6-year-old cousin, Daniel, on his huge trampoline. With the summer storm raging around us, we hurled our bodies into the air, at times, cracking on impact with the net poles and each other. What a good time. Never mind that half the thing is made out of metal...

But we didn't care, and then it finally happened--I got -that feeling- in mid-air. You know, the Countrytime Lemonade-commercial feeling that you wait all year to see/touch/smell/hear. It was like my senses collided in that moment becoming one overwhelming, yet familiar sensation: summer.

With my cherub cousin smiling at me, the mosquitos humming around us, the rain misting, my clothes damp, the thunder rumbling in the distance, and the Technicolor leaves shining from their recent shower, a smile and peal of laughter escaped. Summer finally found me.

When the rain stopped, we checked the sand. We were worried that some sloshing action would occur, but instead, it was packed more firmly. Hopefully tomorrow the liner will be placed and swimmers (yep, that means many of you :-D) will be able to hop in sometime very soon.

Have I mentioned that I love this time of the year? Woo hoo for July birthdays! Woo hoo for fireworks! Yay for trampolines and pools! Someone pinch me, I go to the beach in two weeks.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at June 29, 2005 9:38 PM | TrackBack

Hey, woo hoo for August birthdays, too ;-)

Glad to hear you're getting a pool close-by. Ours is just about open! It has taken a little time to get it going, but patience helps.

You get summer on a trampoline, I find it in sore feet after walking in blinding heat, and little league baseball games. Good things await.

Posted by: Karissa at June 29, 2005 10:45 PM

I think I found summer in my AC'ed car. The high temperatures make it feel all the better.

Posted by: ChrisU at June 29, 2005 11:05 PM

Yes, Karissa, finding summer is a good thing, but sometimes a search.

Sometimes summer stops by when picking blackberries with my family. When everyone's hands and mouths look like they have been tattooed or dipped in a purple inkpot, I can't help but get that summer rush of sensation. Just feeling the berries' sweet stain on my tongue and the itchy brush cuts on my legs can bring it all back.

I guess I'm just more sensitive in the summer.

As for the AC'd car, my dear, I can understand that, especially when you have a Coldplay CD on (bad, but fun pun).

Admittedly, the heat can be oppressive, but I am so happy that you found something positive about summer, even if it involves the cold. :-)

I really am trying with the snowy season, too. Who would have thought I would actually enjoy sliding around on ice, of all things?

Posted by: Amanda at June 29, 2005 11:57 PM

You have no idea how ready I am for laying on the beach without a care in the world!! We are going to have sooo much fun!!

Posted by: Stacy at June 30, 2005 12:24 PM

I have three articles due by then. It's all work, work, work.

But you just wait until we're there, sipping on non-alcoholic fruity somethings. Ahhhh...

Stacy, we'll definitely do that, okay? :-D

Posted by: Amanda at June 30, 2005 6:15 PM

We have had a month of summer and ready for it to cool a little. look at your amanda mail. This past two weeks I had surgery mon both thumbs, so no swimming yet. the pool next door is up and going. grammy

Posted by: grammy at June 30, 2005 7:04 PM

I checked it, Grandma, but I didn't get anything new. Hm.

I can't imagine Mississippi livin'. Very hot.

I think I am revising my plans to live down south someday. Although I love the heat, I'm getting pretty attached to the four season thing.

Posted by: Amanda at June 30, 2005 11:09 PM

Don't forget to snag some good ol' sugarpackets for yours truly ;-) Just brush off the sand before you hand 'em over!

Posted by: Karissa at July 1, 2005 10:48 PM

No problem. Un-sandy packets coming right up.

Did you get info in the mail about Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic? I'm thinking about doing it next January. It would be awesome! The thing is, you have to pay for your own trip with fundraising endeavors. We should do it, Karissa.

Posted by: Amanda at July 1, 2005 11:22 PM
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