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Pool makes summer memories surface

Summer is here at last! But with temperatures creeping closer to 100 degrees every day, I really don’t know why we were so excited for summer to hurry up and get here.
I remember that as a child, from spring break on, my mind was occupied with thoughts about summer. I would look forward to swimming lessons, summer camp and family vacations. However, I would always be excited to go back to school and see my friends once August rolled around.
It was a different story in high school. Once I got a driver’s license, I didn’t have to wait until August to see my friends again. It was always good to go back to school, though. It definitely kept me out of trouble — which tended to manifest during long, boring summers.
In college, I took summer classes, so I was in no hurry to go back to school in the fall. My roommates and I used to lie out by the pool at our apartment to perfect our tans (something my mother never let me do under her supervision). I would read Cosmo by the pool when I was trying to get a date, or Time magazine when I was trying to make myself feel smarter after wasting time reading Cosmo. When I realized that fair-skinned and freckled girls with strawberry blond hair don’t tan all that well, I quickly stopped that practice, and only went outside with SPF 50 slathered on my skin an inch thick.
Well, now that I am out of school and have a job, I don’t even really have time to get a sunburn. I think back to my high school years, when I had no money but all the time in the world.
Now I have money, but no time to spend it on anything fun.
But I do occasionally get to venture outside to experience the warmth of the Texas sun.
This summer’s heat became apparent to me when I came into the office Saturday. I was on assignment — find people having a little summer fun, take some pictures and do a few interviews.
I drove around to every park in Ennis, and they were deserted. At 2 p.m., the sun was sweltering hot, humidity was up and apparently everyone had retreated indoors to get away from the scorching Texas heat. I was desperate. Where would I find anyone having summer fun on a day like this?
And then, a light bulb went off in my head. I suddenly remembered the SOKOL Pool, and so I headed there. I stood out by the pool, taking photos, and wishing I could just jump in. I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt, not your typical pool wear, so I abandoned that wish.
My bangs were sticking to my forehead, and I could feel my cheeks and nose start to turn red. Everyone, even the parents, seemed to be having a refreshing time at the pool. I was just a little jealous.
So far, my first summer of adulthood is definitely a wake-up call to the real world. Braving the summer’s heat in office attire is a tough job, and I know it is only going to get hotter. To all of the kids out there, enjoying a leisurely summer, don’t take it for granted. And wear sunscreen.
Liz Crawford serves as education reporter for the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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