Thursday, October 10, 2013
Throwback Thursday: I'm Wonder Woman
As many of you know, I grew up in West Texas where it wasn't unusual at all for it to get up to 120 degrees in the summer. It was hot, y'all. But we were in the desert so it was a dry heat and we were used to it. Besides, there's A/C everywhere you go. You leave your air conditioned house, get in your air conditioned truck and go eat at an air conditioned Chili's. You go to air conditioned church and air conditioned school. You don't go outside for months out of the year. Well, except when you're swimming, the official summer past-time of Midland.
Everyone and I mean EVERYONE (not exaggerating here, this is true) on my block growing up had a pool in their back yard. Everyone except us. Our back yard had a rad two-story playhouse my dad built us out of scrap materials leftover from when he built our house, a swing-set, two cocker spaniels and an ever rotating line-up of different above-ground pools. All of my friends had pools so I never really felt like I was missing out on the real "jump in the deep end" brand of summer fun. And some of the dinky pools were pretty great. This was one of the first ones. It was red, white and blue because America, duh. Look, I've got one of those cool balls you buy at Walgreens, a bitchin' submarine, two empty 2-liter Dr. Pepper bottles and a Tupperware bowl to play with. (My Meemaw turned empty Dr. Pepper bottles into all kinds of things: Christmas decorations, bird feeders, oatmeal dispensers, puppets, pool toys.) I was having a great time.
It's finally fall weather in L.A. now but because it's been rainy for one whole day, OHMYGAWD, I bet we could all use a little summer attitude today. So I'll leave you with this: popsicles, sprinklers and sundresses. Cheers.
*photo by one of my parents, I think 1979 or 1980-ish?