summer in the city
has it's cookies to give out
which is a good thing
since its been a long time since
that summer in brooklyn
when they closed off the street
one hot day
turned on their hoses
and all the kids ran out in it
in the middle of the street
and there were
maybe a couple dozen of us
with the water squirting up
and all over
there was maybe only six of us
running around in our
barefeet and birthday
and I remember molly but then
the firmen stopped squirting their horses
all of a suddebn and went back in
started playing pinochle again
just as if nothing
while I remember molly
looked at me and
because I guess really we were the only ones there
- lawrence ferlinghetti
summer in this city is on fire. it's hot. everyone is looking to cool their jets. and with over 3.5 million people calling los angeles home, a few hundred of us are bound to have the same idea. case in point, a day at our favorite splash pad. never had i seen it so packed as it was last saturday. then i came to find out it was national dance day. so that threw another gaggle of coordinated people into the mix of toddlers and chaperones.
oh and did i mention there was a dj? of course there was. what else was everyone going to dance to? LA, you sure know how to TURN IT UP. grand park was a full on dance festival before noon. millennials and grandmas were getting down. and when the dj played "stayin' alive" even this mother was "stayin' alive." and it felt good to dance. i had not a care in the world. josh gave the boys snacks while i grooved my little heart away for the length of the track.
all too soon the loudness of the event, coupled with the lack of space to just be... well, it became too much for my little crew. so we decided to cool off elsewhere. though i may have danced and hummed more bee gees songs in my head along the way.
we set off for the playground, followed by lunch at grand central market where a crowd was almost guaranteed but dancers and live music were unlikely.
bellies full and ready to move about again, we set off to where we began, the splash pad, only now minus a whole lot of people, and bass. actually, it was practically empty. we felt as though we were the only souls there. happy and free, we began splashing about. screaming and running. making our own music. our own dance party. just us. making this incredible memory that i hope to never forget.
it really was a beautiful summer day in LA. this was one for the books. or the blog.
so here's to
summer in this
where one minute you
into its swarm of people
and energy to soaking in the setting sun
in a shallow pool of water
with a few of your favorite people.