Yesterday was Memorial Day in the United States and marked the unofficial start to summer. Soon kids will be out of school and (at least in the Black Hills) families will arrive for vacations.
Summer in South Dakota is too short. Well, I would probably think any summer consisting of less than 350 days of 75 degree weather or greater would be too short, but that’s beside the point.
As a child, my summers were spent outside reading, trying to convince my mother to take my sister and I to the local pool (where I read during pool breaks), and visiting my grandparent’s cabin I could fish and swim on the lake and read sitting in the sand.
Looking back, there seems to be a theme to my summers. Is there any wonder that I’m now staring out the window at the sunshine hitting the overgrown grass, wondering if I could sneak out there with the latest book I’m reading?
Today, though, that’s not going to happen. Today, I have “real” work to finish before I can play.
Of course, that isn’t stopping me from staring out the window, daydreaming about a book or two or ten…
This might be a long summer.
Nichole Bennett has been an avid mystery reader from a young age. Her first novel, Ghost Mountain is available from Second Wind Publishing. When she’s not writing, Nichole can be found knitting socks, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, or spending too much time online. And reading. And daydreaming.