81 degrees today. Kids on skateboards zooming by. Teen girls in pretty sundresses and sandals stopping by the store. Not all of the local schools are out for summer. This is in front of the local middle school this morning on my way to the store.
Remember how antsy we all were the last week of school? Not much of value happened. There was a joyful feeling of impending freedom mixed with the sad realization that we would not see many of our school friends during the summer. The days stretched endlessly out in front of us and then it was over before we wanted. My friends and I spent our California middle school ("junior high" in those days) summer days at McCambridge Park. There was a public pool, dances on Wednesday afternoons, gym activities or just sitting on the grass in groups. Across the street was the Cornell theater, cool and dark in those unair-conditioned days. We walked downtown and got an ice cream at the drug store. We spent time at the library. We took turns going to each others homes to sit in the yard and talk or play cards or swim. One girlfriend had a shuffle ball court in her yard. Many of those memories include John. Sometimes our family would drive from Burbank CA to Rochester NY to see my grandparents and aunts and uncles. We would be treated to the North East summers, hot and humid. Our young cousins would ask us if we knew any cowboys or if we had horses at our "ranch house". The memories are sweet and probably a bit rose-colored. What kind of memories do you have?
Coming up on Saturday June 16...Barbe Saint John teaching "Industrial Geek Necklace" and our Steam Punk Social. You really need to join us. Stop by and check out what is new at the store, too.