It’s the summer again.
Somehow I can’t seem to muster up Olaf’s enthusiasm.
But of course, that’s because I’m melting.
Inane weather discussions aside, what’s the summer about for me?
Mangoes. For one thing. Single handedly make the summer worth it.
And chilled grapes. Of course. Even with the recent curious experience of eating them with a long toothpick. Who eats grapes like that? Apparently a lot of people.
Summer doesn’t seem to foster creativity though. I’ve been trying. Lots of laziness, fatigue, and apparently book reading.
Part of my annual summer vacation treat this year,
I’m finally reading A Brave New World, a birthday gift from my mother last year.
Every patient tells a story, my mother’s excellent choice for this year. Do try it.
Mother’s day, of course. Of course.
Both my parent’s birthdays and their wedding anniversary fall in the summer. Much excitement and planning, for sure.
Aside from all this and the regular excitement of just good old holidays- best part of the year- what else do we have?
Nostalgia, it seems. The heat and dust appear to be an emotional pair.
Long summer vacations split between grandparent’s homes. Days playing traditional games such as pallanguli, nondi and cricket with a plastic bat. Estate picnics, lunch outside. Art classes- though I have no talent, I assure you. Lazy afternoons, brilliant food. Recently, much air conditioning.
And most important of all, the books. So many books. My yearly allowance of one new book at landmark per year. Always a highlight. My mom’s books. My uncle’s books. My grandfather’s books. My books. Birthday presents. Books dug up from the outhouse. So many books. All kinds of them.
Come summer and it was time to fly away on the wings of imagination. The faraway tree, The wishing chair, St. Claire’s, all Enid blyton classics. A lot of actual classics. Prince and the pauper, Tom Sawyer, Treasure island, Little women. And when I was older and stopped being stubborn and stupid, the magic of Harry Potter. Well, if we’re being chronological, it started with Cinderella, and Little red riding hood, but never mind. Some torturous Jane Austen, Wuthering heights, the one book I detest, because it was sad and evil- no offence to anybody.
Growing up some more, classics some more, courtesy my mother.
The prisoner of Zenda, the melodrama and misunderstanding of Gone with the wind.
So many memories. Intertwined with all these books. Think summer and I think books, maybe outside, maybe inside, wherever I was. Think sunshine and that beloved book smell, heat and dust and the comfort of grandma’s cooking.
Summers well spent, they were all.
Do suggest more books for this one.