Pedal Pushers, Popsicles and Swimming Pools

Even though this week’s weather is rather cool, 

Thoughts are of pedal pushers, popsicles and swimming pools. 

Summer had arrived; there was no more school,

Our backyard barbecues were reason to drool.

Bowls of cereal then out the door,

We had games to play and runs to score.

Long hilly bike rides made muscles sore,

But didn’t matter – next day we’d do more.

Little square pools with corner seats, 

So refreshing in the city’s summer heat.

The Bom Pop Man offered a chilly treat, 

We’d race to catch him down the street.

Sun-up till street lights we were on the run,

Playing and laughing and soaking up sun.

Even sitting on the curb was lots of fun

While winding down when day was done.

Constant contact with mud and grass

Meant for sure I had one dirty -*-*-

The pedal pushers on this tomboy lass

Could always be washed so Mom gave me no sass. 

I own a pair of pedal pushers or two,

When I put them on, no way to feel blue.

I make my own popsicles without sugary goo,

But swim in a pool? Not in anyone’s view. 

As I ponder while waiting for summer,

(Give me a break here) it still can be funner

If one doesn’t think old. What a bummer! 

As a boomer I have to play smarter, not dumber. 

There’s still time to create more memories,

To travel and frolic however I please. 

I’ll be extra careful with these precious knees

And watch not to eat way too much cheese. 

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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