Even though summer hasn’t officially arrived, the temperatures here are already getting really hot, heading to 95F (35C) later in the week. I’m not a fan of weather so hot it makes you feel like a freshly cooked baguette. And starting out the season this hot is never a good sign of what’s to come. But I do love the fresh vegetables that arrive this time of year. Today’s prompt was “shadow” which I think was probably better served in yesterday’s doodlewash, so we have a little assortment of peppers today. We tried growing peppers one year and brilliantly succeeded in producing some beauties only to discover they were a little too hot to eat. This is what happens when you choose your seeds based entirely on how pleasing the photo on the packet is and not on any bit of real gardening knowledge. We’ve since switched to simply fresh herbs in pots. There’s so sort of plant in the corner of the terrace that defiantly comes back each year despite our deliberate negligence. I’ve still no idea what it is, but I have to admire its determination.
As a kid, hot days never bothered me at all. No matter how scorching the sun became, I still wanted to be out playing under it or riding my bike somewhere. These days, there’s just more of me to sweat. It’s just not quite the same. And let’s face it, summer break was probably the main reason for all of my enthusiasm. To not actually have to go to school for a few fabulous weeks was the best thing in the world! In truth, I loved school and was a big nerd about it, but having the free time to pursue what I wanted to do, rather than homework was amazing. I would come up with all sorts of ridiculous things to do, always finding a new passion to chase. It’s probably not that odd, come to think of it, that my passion for watercolor began over a 4th of July weekend back in 2015. The little kid in me felt like he was on a summer break and did exactly what he’s always done. Tried something new!
So, as I’m braving the heat this summer, I’ve decided to just let my inner kid take over and tell me what I should do next. I figure this is his season, not mine, so it’s really the best option. Maybe we’ll brave the heat and go to the zoo together or invent some new wild idea to try. I’m always a kid at heart, but sometimes my mind tries to think too much of tedious adult things and get in the way. I don’t even own a bike anymore, but that doesn’t have to stop me from discovering new things. As busy as my life has become lately, I know I need to always make time to enjoy life. This includes doing crazy impulsive things that make me and that little kid that used to be me really happy. Those things that remind me that life doesn’t have to change when it comes to summer break. I can still treat it like it’s the start of the year’s greatest adventure. I’ve no idea what will happen next, but I can rest assured it definitely be hot! Like peppers.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Gamboge, Azo Orange, Permanent Green Pale, and Ultramarine Blue. Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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