Great things about summer: a random list (Jennifer R. Hubbard)

(You can tell from this list that I had a middle-class suburban childhood, but that we didn’t have central A/C.)

Open windows and fans


Trips to the beach

Going barefoot

Ice cream

Lemonade and iced tea

Fourth-of-July fireworks

Cookouts, with corn on the cob and homemade potato salad

Stacks of “summer reading” library books

Reading outdoors

Playing outside after dinner

The coolness of the basement

Sleeping late

Thunderstorms, when you’re safe and cozy indoors

Stepping into an air-conditioned store or movie theater on a blistering day

The sound of crickets and cicadas

Free time