Many of you know that a beach doesn’t rank among my childhood memories, since I didn’t actually get to visit one until I was all grown up. When I finally did, I was overjoyed. And, although I partook in adult beverages at that time, I decided to doodlewash one of my favorite drinks as a kid, a cherry limeade. I’m quite sure if I’d ever had the opportunity to visit a beach back then that this would have been the first drink I would have ordered. Though I did enjoy the taste, it was the impossible color that made it seem so awesome. It almost glowed in the sun. A vibrant, but not quite really red color that I remember quite well (actually, no red was used in this doodlewash, just a vivid pink mixed with dashes of yellow and turquoise). It was all in vogue back then to add a splash of red to some clear bubbly soda of some sort as a way to make a kid’s cocktail. A bit of grenadine added to ginger ale produces something called a Shirley Temple that I was served back then as well. This was named after the famous child actress, but she actually despised the beverage calling it “too sweet.” Indeed, it was. But, as a child, it was still fun to be served a special and magical glowing drink.
Looking back, I have to giggle when I think about these drinks. I was so ready to be a grown up back then, and wanted a special cocktail just like I saw my parents getting. Well, actually my mom never drank and my dad only really drank beer, so most of my references to cocktails came from the people I saw in movies. These days, of course, I’m all about being a kid again. But, you won’t find me trying one of these drinks today. Shirley Temple and I now agree they’re a bit too syrupy to be enjoyable. Instead, I’ll just picture a little imagined version of myself making sand castles on the beach, taking a break to enjoy my favorite drink, and then rushing out to splash in the waves. It seems like a wonderful time indeed, if only in my head. I’m sure I would have been totally fascinated by a beach at that age. Strolling along the edge of the waves with my eyes darting about intent on finding a new shell or other treasure. I’m sure my mother would have had a hard time getting me to leave.
Though I didn’t get to experience some things as a kid, I got to do plenty of amazing things that I recall fondly. And there is a list a mile long of things that I still want to do as an adult. I’m not sure if I’ll have enough time left on this planet to do them all, but I’m excited for the chance. I figure if I just keep on doing things, each and every day, then a handful of those dreams are bond to come true. And one day, I hope to look back on all that I’ve accomplished and feel like I at least gave it my best attempt. I don’t really need much more than that to feel satisfied. My only real hope is that I never lose my ability to imagine wonderful possibilities. To, dream backward and think about what things might have been like and enjoy the moment as though it were actually happening. Like, in this perfectly imagined moment, where I can raise one of these glasses to toast my childhood self, as together, we happily enjoy our drinks in the sand.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Opus (Vivid Pink), Leaf Green, Yellow Ochre, Aureolin, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and Terra Cotta. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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