It doesn't really feel like summer to me, b/c I haven't been to the beach or pool enough to get tired of going. I'm not bored with applying sunscreen or worried about getting too much sun. I haven't been immersed in the season. But I'll be going to the beach for a few days next week!
Flipping back through my diary, I see my 1970s summers were kind of mundane, but in a good way.
Tennis camp [I think I played for a week's worth of one-hour lessons, never more], typing class, picnics, and swimming in my friend's pool. Also, all-important notes about when I washed my hair, and when my friends got new haircuts, like the pixie style Irene got. Exciting news from July 18:
1973 [age 12]: Mr. Durham said my typing was "beautiful." I went in Irene's pool and washed my hair. I played with Donna too, at night.
1974 [age 13]: I washed my hair. Mom, Dad & I went to Rockaway. At Baskin-Robbins I got a boysenberry cheesecake ice cream cone. It was good.
1975 [age 14]: Don't think '75 summer was boring! I never had time to write in my diary!
And here's what I'd squish onto several lines now:
2011 [age 50]: Life goes on. Boot camp, read, rested. Worried about Fig. Scurried to post office before it closed at 7 P.M. to send care pkg to camp: granola bars she likes, a letter, and some other things, including pretty red and white striped straws. The sunflowers in our front yard are gigantic, like out of a storybook. H. planted some last summer and they reseeded for this year. Was productive this evening, hope for better day tomorrow.
Link for Brooke Shields ad: http://pzrservices.typepad.com/vintageadvertising/2009/01/1974-breck-girl-ad-featuring-a-young-brooke-shields.html
- Boot camp in the park. We boxed today!
- Lots of ice water.
- Lots of bill sorting. Felt good.