FIRST DAY OF SUMMER
written by Debbie Williamson
“Wow!” exclaimed Desert Kid’s mother, when she saw her son at the kitchen table bright and early one morning. “You are up early today.”
“Yes,” said Desert Kid. “It is really nice outside today and I was going to go for a hike.”
“Oh,” said Desert Kid’s mother. “That sounds like a good plan.”
“It is the first day of summer,” said Desert Kid.
“Oh my!” exclaimed Desert Kid’s mother. “I can’t believe how fast time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday when it was the first day of spring.”
“I want to get out and enjoy the outdoors as much as I can this summer,” said Desert Kid. “I didn’t get to enjoy much of summer last year.”
“Yes,” said Desert Kid’s mother, remembering that her son was in a leg cast last summer because he broke his leg. “That must have been awful for you.”
“It was more itchy than anything,” said Desert Kid, remembering how it was so very hot the summer before and beads of sweat kept getting into his cast, which made it very itchy.
“I think I will come on that hike with you today,” said Desert Kid’s mother.
“That sounds like fun,” said Desert Kid.
Desert Kid and his mother had a lot of fun on their hike. They walked through some grassland areas close to where they lived. They saw a lot of mountain sheep, most of whom were just resting because of the heat. They also saw some very small cactus and some of them had flowered.
“Oh look how pretty the cactus look when they flower,” said Desert Kid’s mother, when she saw them.
“They are nice,” said Desert Kid.
It was getting to mid-day and it was getting very warm outside.
“I see this is going to be a lot like last years summer,” said Desert Kid.
“Except for no cast,” said Desert Kid’s mother.
Desert Kid’s mother no sooner said that when she tripped. She ended up breaking her leg and had to spend the hottest part of the summer in a cast.
“I know exactly how you must have felt,” said Desert Kid’s mother, trying so hard not to scratch.