Summer slowness allows for neighborhood connection

Picture it: 100 degrees, sun blazing, not a cloud in the sky, air conditioner blaring in the car, back trunk open with two kids ready to sell popsicles at the end of their driveway – in other words, a typical Louisiana summer. 

I have always loved seeing our neighbors’ children selling lemonade and cookies in the summer. Something sweet and nostalgic comes from running by a neighborhood stand and paying 50 cents for a glass of lemonade and some homemade cookies. For their part, my kids have been eager to create a stand of their own, and a couple of weeks ago, I suggested they make homemade popsicles to raise money for the Center for Children and Families’ Be the Hope campaign.  

The girls opened their popsicle stand Saturday from the back of our SUV with Kidz Bop baring, balloons popping from the heat, and neighbors coming to be kind and support their childhood efforts. 

Summer is really not a great time to be outside in Louisiana; it just not. It’s hot, snakes and wasps are out, and mosquitos are hungry. Often it’s hard to visit with neighbors in the summer because our natural connections – saying hello from a porch or having a quick conversation while walking the dog – are harder when the temperature is triple digits. But this little back-of-the-car popsicle stand found us visiting with our neighbors like we all weren’t sweating like crazy. 

That’s what I love most about summer – the seeming slowness that comes, the long days, the chasing fireflies at night and slip and slides during the day. The lemonade and popsicle stands that bring out neighbors to talk and visit while eating a peanut butter fudge or mixed berry popsicle (two of our options from this weekend). It’s having friends come over to hang out and reconnect after the busy-ness of the school year. 

It’s a little reset. 

And, yes, it’s hot, and by the end of our popsicle stand, we all smelled quite bad, but we had reconnected with many of our neighbors, the kids raised some money for a good cause, and – shockingly – no one got sunburned. 

It was a good day. 

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