23 May 2009

Summer Anthem


Here's my Summer Anthem:

Warm long days (like June 22nd long) that start early at the beach, with two tanned boys playing in the water, trekking back up to our encampment for a breather on their large toweled estate, chomping on cold fruit, while dad watches/reads from his chair and has a laugh.

Warm long days (that seem to last a week) that have two tired boys with sand on their feet crashed-out/napping in the warm car with windows down and wind blowing and classic rock playing and dad driving through the canyon with his sunglasses on thinking about twenty years past while holding hands with his youngest in the back.

Warm long days meeting up with brothers and cousins and mom and dad for a bbq. and jazz playing off in the distance and remembering our little brother who passed away way too young and then heading off to see a summer blockbuster in IMAX.

Warm long evenings with a cigar and some wine sitting in my brother's backyard too stuffed to eat anymore, but politely accepting one last heaping of dessert from my sister-in-law as the kids swim in a warm pool with the pool and yard lights throwing dancing shadows as dancing kids leap to watery landings from ledges tall and terrifying into their own unknown futures reflecting one day upon a warm evening's past.

Warm long evenings with tan calloused feet upon my desk as I scribble some remembrances into two leather journals for my sons (for their high school graduation gifts in 8-10 years) and reading some of my old journals from college when I wrote about their mom and their dad in happy times when the world was young and bodies were taut and lusty passions were summery things that made all memories tan and tenable.



What is YOUR summer anthem? Click 'Pithy Remarks' below and let us know...

Btw, the painting above was done en plein air by the artist John Kilduff. He is a talented artist who sells his paintings regularly online.

10 comments:

Kirti said...

Love this post...it is very poetic and beautiful...

How nice for your kids that you are writing this stuff down...

Tina said...

how lovely!

JGregg said...

coming from you two amazingly talented people, i can only say thanks very much!

Jg.

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i LOVE that painting!
xox

lbwDESIGN said...

your beautiful writing brings back memories of my warm summer childhood days and evenings. I yearn for those mosquito infested humid nights i spent with my family in our backyard eating and drinking until midnight....and reality...although we live in this amazing world (LA)...we will never have those long hot humid nights. but I suppose i can keep reading your post and dream....

JGregg said...

you are always welcomed back to dream those childhood days and evenings. thank yo so much for sharing your memories, lbw!

Jen Zahigian said...

Beautiful. Your writing reminds me how wonderful it can be to live near family. I think I miss the Sunday afternoon meals most (and just might have to pack up and move Home!)

JGregg said...

Hey, Jen -- Your pics on your website and blog are the stuff of sepia summers and evoke a few lazy cross country jaunts that I made going back and forth from law school in VA to CA. Thx for stopping by our humble stompin' grounds! -- Jg.

Alexandra said...

Great post. lovely imagery tying together the warmth of temperature and family. awesome.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I loved this! Part of my annual summer anthem:
Swan's Island, Maine is small and perfect. No shopping excursions, no fancy restaurants or bustling beaches. It's all about woodland walks to soft sandy coves, combing the rocks, picking blueberries and wildflowers, bike rides, cooking, and the major thing—aside from Scrabble or Bananagrams—is creating. Whether it's painting, sculpture, collecting, sketching, or photography, everyone has their thing.

Thanks for the inspiration Jg! It's almost here ; )