It’s hard to believe July is here already, the beginning of the second half of 2020. The other night during our nightly walks, I pointed out the first lightning bug (also known as fireflies) to Cupcake and Chunk. Summer is now in full swing. My husband is starting to brine the meat for our Fourth of July barbecue, which will be limited to our family instead of going over to a friend’s house as we’re social distancing and trying to stay home as much as possible. My kids are playing in the sprinkler before they remember towels. Then they sprint upstairs to the linen closet, dripping water and shedding pine straw through the house. My basset hound looks for cool places to lay down in the dining room where I’m working, snuffling and mumbling as she seeks to get comfortable before her morning nap.
With the Fourth of July fast approaching, my husband and I are trying to make sure everyone has a taste of summer this weekend. He was excited when a neighbor yelled from a distance to please take some zucchini from her bounty as he loves it grilled or fried. For my younger son, summer tastes like watermelon. For my younger daughter, it tastes like coleslaw. My older son prefers anything barbecued while my older daughter likes toffee pie. Separately, it seems rather eclectic, but together it’s a pretty tasty meal.
With uncertainty such a part of everyday life at the moment, it’s comforting to me to think of ways I can help my family enjoy summer, whether it’s food or family board games or backyard activities.
Freshly cut grass, the smell of cobbler fresh out of the oven, chlorine from swimming pools, the aroma of your favorite food hot off the grill. All of these scents weave a spell of lightning bugs and grass crunching under bare feet and hammocks waiting for someone to read a book in them. What are your favorite smells and tastes of summer?