I love it when I can cross Monday off my list and I didn’t even have to work to do it :-)
Memorial Day - the official start of summer. The white shoes and pants are coming out of the closet, schools are winding down, swimming pools are opening, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing – ahhhhhh summer. Life just seems a lot more fun in the summer. Maybe it is carry over from school days when all I had to do for three whole months was make my bed, lay in the sun and spend endless hours at the swimming pool. Can’t you just feel the warm sun and smell the chlorine?
A friend of mine – AMY – has one of those wire baskets with the safety pin, you know the ones – they had the number hammered in it, attached just like the ones we had at our swimming pool. Seeing that basket, but mostly the pin, brings back so many memories. Of course when we were still too young to worry about being cool we’d pin those little pins right to our swimming suits but as we got older and it was all about appearances we started putting the pins on our towels. We were way too cool to have a pin hanging off our suits.
I loved the swimming pool. My siblings and I would be waiting in line by 1:45 p.m. each day, stay until supper time, go home for an hour and then head back to the pool until closing at 9:00 p.m. And sometimes my mom and dad would come down and watch us swim. We loved that. A chance to show off all our fancy dives and jumps and fearlessness by going off the very highest diving board. When we got older we were able to participate in the midnight swims. So much fun. Do pools still have midnight swims?
I had the opportunity to visit my hometown swimming pool one day last summer and you know what – some things have changed. They added a water slide and changed the diving platform a little bit but it SMELLED exactly the same. The shower room, the water, the air. I felt like I was 15 again with nothing more to worry about than tan lines and boys. Smells and music. Both of them can transport me back in time faster than almost any picture. It’s all good!
Oh, sorry, I’m back. Just drifted off a little bit there…
Sooooo and I’m almost ashamed to admit this, I watched the last 45 minutes of the Miss Universe contest last night. And there he was – My Magnificent Mario. WHAT? Is this his new venue? Beauty Pageant host? Is this what the countless hours of dancing and prancing have done for him? Beauty Pageant host? Seriously I’m feeling the blush wear off of this romance very quickly :-) I know I’m fickle but really how can I respect him after this? I mean he thanked Donald Trump for gosh sakes. I mean should ANYONE be thanking Donald Trump for anything? Okay well maybe that first apprentice Bill guy but after that – I don’t think so. Oh and in other Mario news I have heard from an unnamed source – okay it’s Kerry – that Mario and his Dancing with the Stars chick are cohabitating! I know I know you'd think I would be heart-broken but really it gives me faith that all those rumors about his sexual preferences are not true. Finally I can sleep again :-)
That’s it from me. But hey, I know, tell me your best summer memory. Really. It’s a good day for that kind of thing. Well that and looking at the clouds. Hey look at that one – it looks like Rob Lowe – on a bed…