Its a sunny morning and the cicadas are singing as if they are heralding the heat ahead. Memories of other summer days flow over me. • Sitting by the Andrews Air Force Base swimming pool while my kids practiced their laps for swim team • Eating bright red and juicy watermelon. In the days before fruits were shipped in Mama would not buy a watermelon before July 4 - saying they weren't ripe. • Wearing strappy sandals • Going barefoot at the beach - feeling the heat of the sidewalk, trying to avoid burrs, the feel of warm sand between your toes • Running in the hose on hot days - I especially liked it when we had the rotating sprinkler on • Home grown tomato sandwiches - thick juicy slabs of tomato slathered with Dukes mayonaise between slices of white bread.
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