What I Did Last Summer

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We never went anywhere far distant; we never did anything “big.” But, in retrospect, our summer was full of the simple kind of specialness that comes from lots of small adventures with people you enjoy.

As I look back over some of the pictures we took, I see a lot of “quintessential” in our summer.

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Such as flying high on a swing, feeling like you can almost touch the sky with your toes…

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Cold, creamy ice cream on a hot, sticky day…

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Spending an afternoon water logging one’s self at the lake…

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Long, leisurely kayak rides that leave your arms feeling the good kind of tired…

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Riding the waves at twilight…

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Skipping rocks (or just glunking them), down by the creek…

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Morning-long bike rides down winding, dirt roads…

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And, finally, capturing and bottling the flavour of summer to enjoy when the heat, the freedom and the carefree-ness that only summer can give, is gone. I know I will taste this beautiful simplicity every time I crack open a jar and use the peaches – on my morning oatmeal, or in a bowl with a dollop of yogurt, or mixed into a smoothie.

Oh, there was lots I would have loved to do and just couldn’t squeeze in: a European-style picnic (baguettes, cheese, crystal glasses, the works, in a really stylish picnic basket), a camping trip, a visit to the seaside, a visit to some place new. But, overall, I’d say it was one pretty-close-to-perfect summer.

What makes a quintessential summer for you, and how much did you get to check off your seasonal bucket list this year?

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