Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summertime and the Living Is Exactly the Same

I don't know what the situation was of George Gershwin when he wrote the song "Summertime" for the musical Porgy and Bess, but he apparently did not have a full-time job.

Summertime, and the living is easy.
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high.

It is summertime, and the living is exactly the same as it is in the other three seasons. We go to work. We walk the dog. We try to figure out dinner.

We took a lovely vacation in February. (Well, almost entirely lovely.) We went in February even though our tenth anniversary was in June because a) it's much less expensive to go on a cruise in February rather than June, and b) the ship is filled almost entirely with retirees, a much better option than hyper families. That was a very good decision for us.

However, now that we're in the height of summer, I find images of pools and margaritas filling my head. This is unfortunate since we don't have a pool and I've never made margaritas. I know that I'm extremely lucky to have had a lovely vacation this year. I'm lucky that we're both employed. I'm lucky that I get to hang out with people whom I love. I'm lucky that the biggest problem in my life is that I have responsibilities and can't fritter the day away watching fish jump and cotton grow.

I know this.

And still...


  1. I just read all about your vacation! It sounds lovely and wonderful. Besides the gallbladder incident, of course.

    I understand exactly how you feel. We went to Italy in March and I already feel as though we're due another vacation because, naturally, I feel it has been months and years since we were on vacation. What is that dirty trick?

    Try to enjoy your summer anyhow. And margarita recipes abound on the internet...believe me, I have perused. :)

  2. Can you declare one weekend a mini-vacation with NO chores or obligations? I did read that the state parks are offering a deal on hotel rooms. Vacations are important and you're VERY smart. I bet you can figure out how to get one. Or two.