“How dreary – to be – somebody! How public – like a frog – to tell your name – the livelong June – to an admiring bog!”

The day is a mean one-the rain has left a damp chill. It’s a stay in, read all the papers and watch the ballgame sort of day. I may even sneak in a nap.

Everything is still. No wind blows the leaves. The pouring rain of yesterday has cleared the pollen. The yellow is finally gone. Now only a few drips from the roof disturb the silence.

Ants are in my kitchen. I found a couple in the sink. I figured they were advance scouts for the rest of the army. The traps have been set. The ants’ days are numbered.

The last couple of days have been uneventful. I’m probably jinxing myself by saying that, but I’ll take the chance.

My very favorite vacation when I was a kid was in Vermont. We were so far up state my parents went to a town in Canada for dinner. I love the beach, but I don’t love salt water. It makes my skin dry and itchy. In Vermont we were on a lake. It was filled with fish, and I could see them just off shore where the bottom dropped and the water got really deep. I don’t open in my eyes in the salt water, but I do in a lake. I could see all the fish darting out of my way as I swam underwater. My hand seemed to move in slow motion when I reached toward the fish. Some were really small and some were middle sized. I have no idea what kind they were. I knew catfish from the pond near our house where my brother often fished, but I didn’t know the names of any others. All I knew was they were really fast.

We traipsed through the dense pine woods, went frog hunting in the stream which ran parallel to the house and swam every day. I loved that vacation, and I’d do most of it again. I think I’d just eliminated the frog hunting. They’re too slimy for me now.

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10 Comments on ““How dreary – to be – somebody! How public – like a frog – to tell your name – the livelong June – to an admiring bog!””

  1. Bob Says:

    When I was a kid in New York CIty my family vacation was to go to a bungalow colony in the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan County NY. My father would rent a trailer and we would pack up the things we needed to take to the bungalow for a stay from July 4th until Labor Day weekend. My father would spend his two week vacation with us and then drive back and forth every weekend from the city. When we moved to Texas, in the early 1950s, we discovered air-conditioning for both the car and the house. Our vacation horizon then expanded to include Miami Beach and Los Angeles for the opening of Disneyland.

    Tonight the Mavs return to Miami with a three game to two lead to take the NBA Championship in the sixth game. They have won three with traditional small basketball and the talents of Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jose Barea and Jason Kidd. I am so tired of hearing the ABC/ESPN announcers go on and on about Labron James. He needs a lesson in humility and the Mavs have a chance to give it to him tonight.

    • Kat Says:

      I have never been to the Catskills, but everything I’ve read has made me want to put them on the list. What a neat way to spend an entire summer. You’ve made me a bit jealous.

      You got two coasts growing up! How lucky.

      I hate Labron James-strong word I know but he deserves it.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The weather is much the opposite over here today, sunny windy and just enough warm. I´ve started to cut down the lilacs by the entrance and it feels good 🙂 🙂

    We didn´t travel a lot when I was a kid so I can´t remember anything but I did love to spend my summers at my friends house by the sea. Bathing and fishing during the days and always some kind of game in the evenings 🙂 But I´m the opposite to You when it comes to open the eyes in water 🙂 Always in salt water but never in a lake!

    Have a great day now!
    P.S I can´t find the Narnia movie 🙂 🙂 🙂 So I can´t say the name on it 🙂 🙂 I know I have it here somewhere 🙂 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      It stayed damp and chilly all day-no windows opened here. My flowers did love all that rain though. I did too as I didn’t have to water the ones on the deck.

      We really didn’t travel much either. We went to Canada once, and I was amazed being in another country, even a close one.

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    Crystal Beach in Canada was our family meeting vacation spot. Family from PA, Ohio, and we from Virginia would spend two weeks each summer there until into the teen years. Most of us then had summer jobs for money. But I loved being a life guard at Rehobeth Beach, Delaware and Kitty Hawk NC working for the same company that managed beaches for cities all along the east coast. But I have never swam in a pond or lake where you could see the fish. That would be exciting.

    • Kat Says:

      We had no spot. Some years we went to Maine while other years, the lean ones, we did day trips. We didn’t notice. My parents picked great places for all those day trips. They made me a museum lover from our trips to Boston and Harvard.

      The fish were neat to watch. I can still close my eyes and see them.

  4. s Says:

    Hey now – frogs are the best! But you’d knew I’d say that (if you pay attention on Facebook anyhow).


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