Ahhh, summer! It’s that time of year when the temperatures climb and my pace seems to slow down. I still do as much but I just seem to move slower and don’t hold as tightly to my schedule. It’s packed full of fun things like day trips, family reunions, a bit of travel, and kiddie arts & crafts projects strewn across the table (and who knows where else!). But there is also time to read and watch the sunset and not spend time over the stove at all.
When I think of summer, I think of …
- The thut-thut-thut of the sprinkler across the lawn,
- the sticky feel of a melting ice cream cone dripping down my fingers,
- the smell of honeysuckle wafting on the wind at dusk,
- the winking-blinking lights of fireflies in the night
These define summer for me. These are the distinctive sights, sounds and sensations that transport me back to those days of soaring temperatures and fleeting responsibilities.
This Week’s Challenge
Think of the sights, sounds, smells and sensations that you associate with summer. Grab your journal and pen or start typing away and try some of these ideas:
The SIGHTS (What do you see?)
- Green grass
- Rainbow-colored popsicles
- Bright blue skies
- Neon colored kiddie pool and floaties
- Sandy, bare feet
- Big smiles on sunburned faces
The SOUNDS (What do you hear?)
- The happy squeals of little ones playing in the sprinkler
- The crashing of waves against the beach
- The sizzles and popping coming from the grill
- The buzzing of bees in the garden
- The marching band in the parade downtown
- The ice cream truck coming down the street
THE SMELLS/SENSATION (What do you smell or sense?)
- The sensation of biting into a slice of ice-cold, juicy watermelon
- The burst of flavor as you bite into a sandwich with mayo and homegrown tomatoes
- The indescribable combination of ripe strawberries and chilled cream
- A whiff of lilacs
- The smell of dirt and plants as you dig in the garden
- That feeling that time is standing still and you really can hold this moment forever
Hopefully, some forgotten summer memories will return and you’ll want to record them on a scrapbook page. While this is a creative writing exercise, it’s also an opportunity for you to savor and save some treasured memories.
And make sure to share what you’ve created with us whether it’s a blog post (link us, please), journal entry (snap a quick shot and share with us) or a layout (post, post, post!). We want to celebrate your writing, your creativity, and YOU!