Reub's journey

31 July 2010

On a midsummer's afternoon

Watercolor by Carl Larsson, 1913

Is there anything better than lying on a bench, reading a book, while your dog lays strewn across your lap? This is a special pleasure and I am absolutely, unashamedly, taking advantage of it. When somebody asks "what are your plans for the day," well, this is it, one of the perks of being a teacher. It is part of the wonderful rhythm of the school year, my dormant time, that comes during the warm days of July and August. I will soak up this time and feed myself on it in the busy months to come.


[1st verse:]
Ev’ry time
I see a puppy upon a summer’s day
A puppy dog at play
My heart is filled with envy
That’s because
My heart is yearning to pass the time away
Like that pup
’cause I’m all fed up
And tho’ it’s wrong to be
I long to be

I want to be lazy
I want to be out in the sun
With no work to be done

Under that awning
They call the sky
Stretching and yawning
And let the world go drifting by

I want to peep
Through the deep
Tangled wildwood
Counting sheep
’til I sleep
Like a child would

With a great big valise full
Of books to read where it’s peaceful
While I’m
Killing time
Being lazy

[2nd verse:]
Life is short
And getting shorter with each day that goes by
And how the time does fly
Before you know, it’s over
That’s why I’m
In such a hurry to pack my things and fly
To a spot
Where it’s nice and hot
And hear the birdies sing
While I’m being

--Irving Berlin


  1. That drawing just sucks one lovely. A little like Parish I think.

  2. Oh yes, this is the perfect picture of bliss. With my big dogs, though, it's usually just their heads in my lap. Not the whole dog. Otherwise, I probably couldn't breathe!


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