1. Chelsea says...

    “Hearing a song that you used to have on a cassette (mixed) tape”… AND automatically beginning to sing the song that followed it (or remembering word for word the DJ outro you accidentally taped. How is this useful information, Brain!).

  2. Brooke says...

    The smell of coconut oil. Soft blanket for laying on grass and reading dogeared favorite paperback. The sound of water lapping up on the shore. Tropical & Latin music from summer concerts in the park. Second on the juicy tomato (and peaches!) dripping down my chin. Big bouquet of sunflowers on the kitchen table.
    Nightswimming by REM (on tape back in 1998 :) will be forever summer for me.

  3. Kim says...

    The feeling of accomplishment and anticipation when the garden’s all planted up.

  4. Emily says...

    Definitely relate to the cassette tape. I’m fondly reminded of the summer after my freshman year in high school when I hear any song from Van Halen’s 1984.

  5. Karissa says...

    With my phone at breastfeeding-distance and rocking while trying to read, I genuinely thought this said “a Mary Oliver poem about LOANS or PANDAS” and wondered why I hadn’t ever read these. 😂😂

    • Brooke says...

      Ha, Karissa, I saw “loans” first time too and thought to myself, “Mary Oliver is everything but can she bring wonder to LOANS?!”. What a fun shared laugh 🤣.

    • Sarah says...

      Hahahahaha 😂

  6. maywyn says...

    Love the spot on summer pleasures!

  7. Abbe says...

    Mmmm I think my favorites are sleeping with the windows open, swimming in cold lake, especially if it’s followed by burgers. And ice cream!! Preferably in a cone.

  8. Erin says...

    But the best summer thing is weather where you can wear skirts with bare legs. :)

  9. Amy says...

    Daily homemade popsicles, backyard water hoses, summer reading club at the library. And definitely the smell of sunscreen. I was happy to discover even the mineral ones have that perfect smell (the ThinkBaby brand smells like orange creamsicles too!)

  10. Tammy says...

    I love how certain songs just SOUND like summer. The Tragically Hip’s “Bobcaygeon” is the perfect mix of warm starry nights and quiet humid mornings. The best.

  11. Lucy says...

    YES on thinking of songs you used to have on cassette tape! “Summertime” by Will Smith and “Nappy Heads” (Sunglasses at Night Remix) by the Fugees immediately come to mind. I’m a little sad for the younger generation that they won’t have this form of nostalgia :-)

  12. Cynthia says...

    And the smell of chlorine… ah!

  13. Rosie says...

    Eating a still-warm tomato, plucked from the garden, with or without a sprinkling of salt, is probably one of my greatest pleasures of summer. It’s been triple digits here in Northern California this week so any day now….

    • shelley says...

      I was right about to say tomatoes instead of berries!! :)