Walking on sunshine

Remember what it’s like to be a kid?

When the thought of jumping in a pond is the most exciting thing in the universe at that moment … when smearing black muck from the bottom of the pond on the top of your head — or arms, legs and hands — sounds like a super idea … when dog paddling through algae and picking clams off the bottom of the lake with your toes is the coolest thing ever.

Remember those days?


I hope you experienced those sorts of days.

Dont’ worry, though, if you didn’t.

There’s still time. All you have to do is stand on the bank …

… and JUMP!

There’s nothin’ to it — except a big splash, a refreshing dunk and a whole lot of laughter. And you’re not doing it right unless the laughs occur before, during and after the entire escapade.

Don’t be scared to take a flying leap.

Grab the hand of a friend and jump together. It’s even more fun when others join you.

And don’t forget to accessorize.

Wild pond plunging is much more fun with sunglasses or hats or pocket-knives that never make it outta the lake. But that’s OK. Instead of a knife you can go home with a slippery, slimy clam.

Just don’t keep it in your room. And don’t try to hide it there when your mom says no.


Playful people are hungry people. They have to keep up their strength, you know.

So they can reel in the big one … or maybe it got away. Depends on who you ask, I guess.

And then there are people who can’t stop playing long enough to eat their supper. Bad idea. Things tend to get a little soggy when you’re waist-deep in pond water.

If there’s one thing you must remember, it’s this:

Seek out a bit of fun every single day. It’s the secret to a happy life, you know. Plunge into playtime hook, line and sinker. Reel in the laughs and  …

Pucker up for bliss.

It’s summertime. Sunshine … blue skies … thunderstorms … swimming … fishing … cookouts … family. Being together time. Rising early and staying up late. Star-gazing, crickets, fireflies and bullfrogs.

Working hard and playing harder. 


Embrace it — every single sparkling moment.

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    Weekend Cowgirl May 31, 2011 (1:23 pm)

    That looks like lots of fun!!!!!

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    Sue May 31, 2011 (4:42 pm)

    I miss those carefree days. These pics were great. Such joy in their faces. Some good memories later on!

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    mothergoose June 1, 2011 (5:49 am)

    Aunt Bernice sure would have loved to be there! It looks like a great pond party!

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    Laurie June 1, 2011 (7:30 am)

    Looks like a fun party- missed our invite!

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    Robyn June 1, 2011 (11:28 am)

    This post made my day! Can I come to your house for the summer? It looks like you have a lot of FUN!!

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    Farmgirl June 1, 2011 (1:23 pm)

    You’re welcome any time, Robyn … and we try our best to have fun. Thankfully my cousin’s pond is just over the hill! 🙂

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    jeanie June 1, 2011 (2:01 pm)

    Mom would be proud to know that “Pond Parties” are still being held. She loved getting one together!

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    Nashville June 2, 2011 (9:27 pm)

    The pictures are wonderful! I’m just waiting for someone to make a new raft. That was always my favorite part. I always thought my big brother and sister were so cool going under the raft and coming out on the other side! Pond parties were the best!

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    Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek June 4, 2011 (9:49 pm)

    I love this post! I’m living vicariously through you! (honestly, I really dislike most types of water. Feels grody to me. Ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans, bathtubs…gross. But I can tell that you all were having fun and that’s most important!)