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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Summer (the season) (07/09/09)

TITLE: Mostly We Laugh
By Joanne Cordaro


Iím almost giddy with excitement. I feel like a youngster. I am so happy that I hardly even notice the dreadful beach traffic.

Today is this yearís first trip to the beach, and I am beyond excited! Oh, I know, you might think Iím a bit too old to be a beach bunny. And, well, youíre right about that. But, still, being at the beach has a way of bringing out the young girl in me.

Loaded in my little sports car is my summer fun pack. I have a brightly striped beach chair with matching sun umbrella and a small cooler with my lunch and a few cold sodas. In my little backpack, I have the required suntan lotion (the one with the logo of a naughty dog pulling at the bathing suit of a little girl), a towel, and, of course, my transistor radio. Really, what more could a girl want?

Iím lucky. My beach has a little truck that picks you and your belongings up at the parking lot and drives you to your selected location. As the truck nears my spot, I eagerly scan the sand looking for them. Honestly, itís not hard to find my compatriots. A bunch of us cluster together every year. We selected this spot years ago. It is close enough to the lifeguard stand that we can find it again after going swimming!

I see them. Squeals of joy emanate from the group as each returning member arrives. We exchange pictures of new grandchildren, and sometimes of newly-wed grandchildren. We reminisce about the old days, but mostly we enjoy each otherís company.

We munch on slightly crunchy bologna sandwiches, a requirement for a true beach lunch. We bask in the heat of the glorious sun. We try on each otherís wide-brimmed straw hats with the flashy bows. John, always the clown, tries on every hat. And we, always his faithful audience, respond with fits of laughter. We play our nostalgic music loudly, and secretly chuckle at how it annoys the teens around us. But mostly, we laugh. Oh, how I love summer time!

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Joanne Sher 07/18/09
Very cute! I love her young heart, and the fun she has despite the "stereotypes" to the contrary.

Would have loved you to have given even more detail. You only gave me a glimpse when a long look might have been even more delightful.

I'd love to see these folks myself. Very nice!
Laury Hubrich 07/21/09
How cool! I love seeing and reading about a bunch of old friends getting together. There is nothing like it. Thank you for sharing. Very cute.
Deborah Porter 07/23/09
Hi Joanne. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, Mostly We Laugh, actually did very well in the Summer Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 1, placing 12th in that Level.

The competition is always intense in Level 1, so you deserve a pat on the back. :-)

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Again, well done!

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)