Slow Death Of Summer

This dress is my summer favorite. I feel it's too vivid to try to layer in fall or winter, so it only comes out with the summer heat. The full skirt always puts a little swing in my step, although I don't really spend my days twirling around empty fields--a picture is a snapshot and captures only one tiny portion of the whole day. Summer gets less fun as you get older, hm? As a child it always meant a release from the strict regime of school and the emergence of magical fireflies, the liberation of feet from shoes, and fun family trips (or moves). Most of my good childhood memories are from summer events--roadtrips we took as we moved from one side of the country to another, or one of the "real vacations" we had one year traveling down to Disney World with my cousin and grandmother. I even remember the excitement of being released from school books to the summer reading program at our local library; with more free time I'd stagger out of the library with nearly more books than I could handle (my mother used to say she wouldn't help me carry books from the library because there was no way I could keep track of returning books on time if I couldn't carry them out on my own). Our local branch in North Carolina when I was in elementary school used to give you rewards--the more books you read the more prizes and random toys you could earn. Yep, summer definitely gets less fun as you get older--no one gives you a toy for reading three books in a single week now...

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  1. I think I love summer the best because of all the good memories associated with it too. And I'm pretty sure my library/school had a similar scheme going. ; )

    Great interview with Kallie, by the way!

  2. it is beautifully vivid! perfect for a summer cook out or a cool evening date!

  3. Beautiful dress, and I totally relate to your comments about summer. Lately, all I seem to be able to focus on is how dreadfully hot it is. It's much less fun than when I was a kid...but it is still nice to be able to lay out in a hammock and read a good book, even if you don't get a prize :)

  4. I had to laugh at the part where your mom wouldn't help with your huge book pile, I was quite the book worm too (and still am). I agree, summer used to be so much better! Even in college and even if I was working a summer job, it was still a break from the norm and something to look forward too.
    Not that I still do not revel in a beautiful summer day, but working full time with no vacation sure does put a damper on things!

  5. love!

  6. Absolutely loving the colours of that dress. And I miss going to the library. My parents used to take us every week when we were younger, so I always had books on the go. I still do, but they tend to be either academic or charity shop buys by the bundle.

  7. Yep, I did summer reading programs at libraries just like that! They were the best. My niece, who's 6, just signed up for her first library card, and she's reading Nancy Drew. :)

  8. I think its interesting that some libraries do in fact do adult summer reading programs too. What they are, I'm not sure (our library doesn't do this). Maybe they are recapturing that thrill of childhood summer-reading?

    PS Love the full skirt and pretty print.

  9. Hmmm...well, I love the shoes, I love the dress, and I love that you love books! BUT, I think my summers have just gotten better as I have gotten older...because, well, everything has gotten better in my life as I have gotten older! (but then again, my childhood was fairly!).

    Oh, and you should SO get a Kindle. I read tons of library books on my Kobo (the Canadian Kindle). And it is awesome because you DON'T have to return the books. They just "disappear" off your device at the end of the time limit! So Voila: no late fees!

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  11. Absolutely lovely dress!!! I like your comments about books and reading, and although I maybe double your age, I can tell you that books have been an unfailing company along all my life. Libraries are an excellent resource, but good books must be always in your own bookshelves. You may return to them some time to time.


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