Goodbye summer

I'm pretty sure I can feel summer leaving, not temperature wise (lord no) but the long days seem to be ebbing away nonetheless. It's bittersweet, because things have shifted a lot in the past few weeks and this summer marks the end of a big phase of life for me. Should I even go as far as to say the end of the kid phase?

No. I refuse to ever leave the kid phase.



My pops found an old metal tripod (that he said once belonged to my high school boyfriend?? Eric Nowels- if you ever google yourself and see this, please confirm??) in the attic and brought it to me in New Hampshire. This shot was it's inaugural photo- the Merrick clan before leaving Elmwood for the summer. I still hadn't found the screw that kept the camera from tilting down, so the top of my head is artfully and unpurposefully cropped.

Whenever I look back on this summer, or whenever I start to feel unsure about the coming months, it's nice to remember how it feels to be just plain and simple happy.

27 comments:

  1. ...You all look like you could be on a Smucker's Jam ad or somethin' - absolutely adorable!... ;o)

    ...Yeah, don't ever lose the kid in you. You lose that and you've lost a very important part of yourself and quite honestly, if you ask me, it's the best part!*giggle*

    ...I agree about Summer. It's sad to see it go but then I'm always ready for the next season, come what may. All I know is I want to be here to see next Summer, and the next, and the next... :o)

    ...Blessin's...

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  2. "Whenever I look back on this summer, or whenever I start to feel unsure about the coming months, it's nice to remember how it feels to be just plain and simple happy."

    I'm going to have to keep remembering this myself. And thanks for sharing the adorable picture!

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  3. I always smile when I read you blog (That aside to your ex was a laugh). It's a joy. I don't ever want to grow up either.

    A from A + B in the Sea

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  4. Summer always makes me feel like a kid again.

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  5. Such a beautiful family photo!

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  6. same thing az arniqe says!

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  7. I love the photo! It's so sweet ;) Count yourself lucky you had a nice summer! here in England it was so rainy and cold so all your lovely pictures and words make me a teeny bit jealous he he ;) xxxx

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  8. Ah, I'm embracing the last of the summer breeze, too.

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  9. You guys are adorable. I'm sad that summer is slipping away so quickly. I feel like it only just began!

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  10. Aw lovely look at all those animals :)

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  11. fresh happiness, i really adore this photo!

    i love your blog :)

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  12. Great picture! I can't believe summer is ending.

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  13. yep another summer is going out and soon itll be the end of another year.time flys way to quickly i swear.and when you think of it we humans arent really given much time on this planet.i mean thinka about how short a year is and the average age a person lives to.really thats not all that long.one human lifetime doesnt even make a dent in the time of the universe.heres to a good rest of the year

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  14. Good bye Summer and hello Fall. Here's to the simple delights that marry the seasons together.

    I would love to evolve to the point when i can find the plain and happy in the middle of the messes of life. To be able to dig for the gold in past experiences. Declare joy, despite future uncertainity.

    Would that we all can create moments of friends and family... And have a fur family licking and wiggling.

    This is a porch portrait to be a beacon of what life is about. (or should be about!) Great photo!

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  15. I've enjoyed all these tales of idyllic Elmwood - they seem like scenes from a children's book about having unplanned adventures and never growing up :)

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  16. I'm so sad to see summer go. Seemed incredibly short this year.

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  17. I love your "Living In" posts on D*S and I have just now come to visit your blog and I love it! What a beautiful family you have. I lost my father very suddenly 7 years ago, your posts about your parents are so incredibly touching and lovely. I hope my 2 year old daughter comes to realize all of these things about me and my husband when she grows up. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Love the blog... and this picture I sure will be a fabulous memory in the years to come. Happy blogging!

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  19. your head looks good without its top.

    that sounds creepy, but really isn't. or is it!?! they've started opening the halloween stores in RI already.

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  20. Great photo and story memory to go with it. Love photos that have a wonderful energy to them!

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  21. I love the last line in this entry. Ah, I miss summer now.

    Lauren
    Lrstewart0711.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow! This is the first time in months where I found something unexpected online when googling myself that didn't result in me sending a cease and desist letter! yay

    Yes, I know exactly what tripod you are speaking of! I had wondered where that cool little chromed wonder and it's nice leather sheath had gone -- it actually belonged to my Grandfather, who gave it to my Mom, who gave it to me who, of course, lost it. Glad to see it's still getting used. Tell Mr. Merrick I hope he enjoys the tripod as much as I have enjoyed the Mamiya TLR he gave me years and years ago, which hasn't fallen out of use one bit!

    Give my best to all the Merrick clan.

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  23. Eric- So happy you found the post and glad you both had a mutually beneficial exchange of vintage photography equipment!

    We had some fun times at Elmwood, didn't we?

    -A

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  24. I can't tell you how much I love this photo. Absolute perfection.

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