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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: SUMMER




After living in South Africa for ten years, I’m so much more aware that not everyone in the world experiences summer at the same time of the year.

Even if someone asked me what comes to mind when I think of summer, it would depend which country I was thinking of at the time.

My two summers:

Summer in America: June through August

Watermelon and seed-spitting contests.

Bonfires and s’mores.

Mosquito bites and late-night trampoline jumping.

Chocolate sodas and Tommy Turtles from Captain Sundae.

Handstands in Lake Michigan.

Strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

Sandcastles and long walks on the beach.

Burgers on the grill and 4th of July fireworks.

Bike rides and rollerblading.

Humidity and thunderstorms.


Summer in South Africa: October through February 

Two-liters of Coke being passed around the braai.

Trying to find parking at Camps Bay beach.

Swimming pools and folding chairs.

Morning hikes up Lion’s Head.

Trips to the grocery store just to escape the heat.

Christmas lunch outside.

Fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

The end of a school year and beginning of a new one.

Ouma’s Peppermint Crisp fridge tart.

Picnics at Kirstenbosch on a blanket in the shade.


What says “summer” for you?






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