Summer Begins

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“Summer Begins”

Summer brings me back to the care-free days of my youth.  Little to worry about except when school started again and how you were going to occupy those mundane summer days.  Today is the longest. lightest day of the year.  I found my own children out back playing basketball and doing the things kids do in the summer time, where supper time and night fall seem an eternity away.

When I was a child and adolescent my family had a beach cottage in Dewey Beach, DE, where we migrated to in the summer months.  Days were filled with surfing and skim boarding, and taking in too much sun.  A look back and wonder whether it was these years of my youth getting sunburned that eventually led to my obtaining two melanomas in my later years.  No one can know for sure.

The evenings would be spent on the boardwalk with family and friends, partaking in putt-putt gold and indulging in all the health food the board walk had to offer;  funnel cakes, ice cream, french fries, etc.  All seemed harmless and the time, and perhaps they were.  There is no telling where my Ewing’s sarcoma came from.  It is only known that I had a chromosomal abnormality that caused such disease.

As we begin to pack for our annual pilgrimage back to Dewey Beach, with my children this time, I am reminded of summers past and summers yet to come.  Parents have turned to grand-parents and children to parents.  The cycle of life continues.  I love when summer begins.