five great things someone else said, vol 14

LA summers, summers in the Valley, were just as hot when I was a kid, but we didn’t seem to notice. We’d be running around camp all day in triple-digit weather, and somehow, incredibly, not suffering heatstroke. It must have been all those popsicles and swimming. At home, we never stopped swimming. It seemed like the dryer was constantly being emptied of pool towels.

This summer crept up on us here after a seriously long spell of June gloom. Last week I had a photo shoot and spent about four hours in the Santa Monica sunshine.  Once home, I realized I should have slathered on the sunscreen. Like an apparition of the Virgin Mary, a vision of summer had appeared on the back of my neck. With the line from a camera strap right across it. Lovely, huh? (By morning it had gone from red to tan but it still looked silly.)

I hate the heat. I love the rain. This town and I are not weather compatible. But summer is here. And triple digits aren’t far off. So, I look for the silver linings.

Here’s to brightly hued pedicures and excuses to buy gauzy sundresses, to lazy days by the pool and beautiful summer nights, to barbeques and watching big, blockbuster movies in crowded theaters blasting A/C. And maybe some popsicles, too. xo a.

Five great things someone else said about summertime:

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Summer afternoon… to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. – Henry James

The summer movies are coming out. My advice: just stay home and burn a good book. – Stephen Colbert

In the summer New York was the only place in which one could escape from New Yorkers. – Edith Wharton

There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs. – Henry Ward Beecher


2 thoughts on “five great things someone else said, vol 14

  1. Peter Tonguette

    Great quotes this week. I think Ray Bradbury has written some of the best stuff about summertime. So many examples, but how about these lines from his novel DANDELION WINE: “Yes, summer was rituals, each with its natural time and place. The ritual of lemonade or ice-tea making, the ritual of wine, shoes, or no shoes, and at last, swiftly following the others, with quiet dignity, the ritual of the front-porch swing.”


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