Breathe In. It’s the Friday after Fourth of July.
You’ve been waiting for summer all year. Breathe Out.
Friday and summer. Say it again so the idea stays with you.
Friday and summer. Breathe In. Think about how summer can
be as perfect as anything. So can Fridays. Breathe Out.
It’s Elthea’s birthday today. Joel’s birthday yesterday.
Excuses for ice cream and cake, even now.
Breathe In. Every single day is someone’s birthday.
Breathe Out. Every single day is someone’s Friday and someone’s summer.
Breathe In. There were fireflies last night. Fireflies are more than amazing.
Breathe Out. Bugs too. A lot of bugs. You used a politically incorrect
bug spray with Deet from CVS. Breathe In. You have a car full of coupons
from CVS. Nuts and Ice Cream. Breathe Out. Two squirrels are
sitting with you now and a bird whose beak is bright red. Breathe In.
You should look up the name of the bird in the big bird book on the porch
but you won’t. Breathe Out. The bird’s name doesn’t matter. What matters
is the bird. Breathe In. It’s still very early. Maybe you’ll write a sentence or two.
Breathe Out. If you don’t it’s still Friday and summer.