First Sentence Fridays – Chapter 10
The thoughts of lazy summer days where I could sleep later, get up when I wanted, and then do what I wanted couldn’t come fast enough. While I contemplated not having to catch a bus, not struggling with math, not doing homework, it didn’t matter that I was still expected to help my mother with the usual chores. This meant hanging out the laundry, folding clothes, and ironing some things. I had to help clean off the table from our meals, and wipe the dishes she washed. Sometimes I cooked. There were other things I had to do too, but because school wasn’t part of it, my days seemed nothing but idyllic.
Memories of those carefree summers are easily conjured up. All I have to do is walk outside and spend a few minutes soaking up the sun and paying attention to my other senses. The cicadas with their topsy-turvy whirring up in the trees, the heaviness of the air (hello humidity), and the crisp scent of cut grass give the sense of an easier, more relaxed time of year. I recollect the creak of a rope swing, water splashing, and laughter as my brother and I dropped neatly into a creek. It was a common evening pastime to sit on the back porch steps eating watermelon and spitting seeds as far as we could, a contest of sorts.
For Sonny Creech and her brothers, getting out of school for the summer means similar experiences, a time when they can relinquish the strictness of a classroom, and settle into a more relaxed routine. Meanwhile, the heat and humidity won’t be about trying to stay cool, it will soon create a different problem.
School was over and we poured into the hallways, then out into the stifling air.