The sun, the humidity, the scorching hot summer days make my heart flutter. I love everything about this glorious, yet fleeting season. Fleeting because in the blink of an eye, the Ottawa summer turns into something sinister full of ice storms, snow drifts and warnings of “exposed skin will freeze in 30 seconds.”
Throughout the months of June, July and August, you can find me under the sun, soaking up its rays without a care in the world. To me, there is nothing like that sunny warmth feeling like a warm hug from someone you love. And don’t get me started on those summer nights that feel like you are slipping into perfectly warm bath water, where your only worry is “one sangria or two”.
I grew up with the luxury of an inground pool. My sisters and I would spend most of the summer in that pool, teaching ourselves synchronized swimming (we used to have to most ridiculous routines always set to Paula Abdul’s Promise of a New Day or Rush Rush). Our Dad would treat us to gigantic pool toys like a 4-foot in diameter beach ball or the 6-foot long inflatable killer whale that was a personal favourite. Those summers were some of the best. We also had a huge maple tree overlooking the pool. We may or may not have climbed it and jumped in. Don’t tell Dad. Please.
As the teen years came, my biggest worry was looking cool. I worked at a local grocery store and most of my money went to ordering bikinis from the J.Crew catalog. Purchases like these were serious business to an impressionable 16-year-old looking to snag the boy next door, a.k.a The Husband, who didn’t care where the bikini came from…because you know, teen hormones.
These days, I’m more worried about how the bikini makes my southbound butt look. Is it too skimpy? Is it too “in your face”? Is it age appropriate? Can I walk around in it without everything spilling out? SIGH. Those questions make hiding in the basement for three straight summer months look like a very viable option.
I thank Aya Morrison for sending me the Teshie Bikini – one that is easy to wear and makes me feel beautiful and sexy! I can reach for things like hitting a volleyball without the Girls making an appearance, and I can show off my legs, one of my better assets.
I really wish this bikini was around when I was a carefree 18-year-old…waiting for my parents to go inside so I could climb that maple tree and take a flying leap into our pool…
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