Summer Love in One Sentence
Inspiration for this month's reader challenge came from Jhumpa Lahiri, who's known for her turns of phrase that are short yet revealing. You'll see what I mean when you read Hell-Heaven, this month's Big Read, which tells the story of an unexpected love. In a single sentence—that's right, a single sentence—tell your own story of summer love. Then share your single-sentence love story here.
Susan, your link to the book is not correct. It should be:
I am now off to check this book out.
Jul 8, 2009 8:20 am
oops, it removed the HTML from my comment. So much for that plan :)
Jul 8, 2009 8:20 am
Thanks, Cresswga! Just updated the link.
Jul 8, 2009 9:16 am
by MaggieH (admin)
Really appreciate your feedback, cresswga. Thanks again!
Jul 8, 2009 9:28 am
by susandanziger (admin)
unconditional was always associated with words like surrender and defeat until i found my summer love who just happened to not be my wife.
Jul 8, 2009 12:39 pm
I didn't know anyone in the state she lived in, but the warm exchange of e-mails encouraged me to get in a plane and, not much later, in her beachfront embrace.
Jul 8, 2009 1:09 pm
Under the pavilion, he came at twilight and took my hand, as if a rare jewel, and cherished it.
Jul 8, 2009 1:33 pm
After spending an unexpected week in the hospital with him by my side, I knew just a few days later at our wedding how much he meant it when he said, 'in sickness and in health.'
Jul 8, 2009 2:59 pm
As I walked along the beach, a warmth filled my body and soul just thinking about him and the unbelievable years we've been together.
Jul 8, 2009 3:25 pm
A walk in the woods and a heart carved in a tree are sweet memories of new love and teenage dreams.
Jul 8, 2009 6:02 pm
Summer on an Island, two strangers meeting, sparks flying, false names to leave no strings, no loose ends, enjoying each day in full, yet oddly anticipating season's end, perhaps to forever preserve and seal in the wonder, and yet when she is first to leave, I mourn the loss.
Jul 8, 2009 9:30 pm
Her hair smelled of peaches and rain as I kissed her in the moonlight.
Jul 8, 2009 9:42 pm
We last saw each other as children, now 23 years later, the hint of the boy I remembered is now a man, he warmly embraced me with passion and gentleness, and I learned the meaning of 'to surrender is to love'.
Jul 8, 2009 10:08 pm
The moonlight, the bonfire on the beach, the walk along the water's edge and the look in her eyes, stole my heart.
Jul 8, 2009 11:03 pm
On the bay side of Edisto Island, where you can watch the Carolina sun setting over the waves, we sat on the deck of the beach house and shared the first kiss of the summer.
Jul 8, 2009 11:09 pm
"It's been a great summer and you're a lovely guy" she said, "but now I have to go home."
Jul 9, 2009 12:48 am
I thought I'd never love again, until that beautiful day in the summer sunshine when he held me.
Jul 9, 2009 4:23 am
Guys, guys, guys, guys....she was sick of it; every day, that was all her friends talked about, thought about, lived for -- well, not her, no way, not going to be like that, she told herself, until, of course, until, well, you can imagine how it was when he loped into her life -- you've seen her! --it was like the moon flattened her, then blew her up again: she was radiant!
Jul 9, 2009 7:54 am
She had just one free hour in her hectic day, yet he drove three towns over to share a glass of wine saying, "I'd drive an hour to spend five minutes with you", and she knew she'd forever lost her heart.
Jul 9, 2009 9:13 am
Paralyzed I woke up, but I was alive in the real world and two Egrets flew by the window.
Jul 9, 2009 10:24 am
daytime dancing, hot strong sun beating down on beautiful white smiles, brown skin and dilated pupils -a neon day glo raving Ibiza
Jul 9, 2009 10:58 am
Wow. These are gorgeous! Thanks to all of you who have shared. These made my morning!
Jul 9, 2009 11:17 am
by MaggieH (admin)
I am blinded with joy as I turn my head to the east and yet still the western horizon is defined by his gleaming bald head that radiates against the portal that opened nearly a dozen seasons ago.
Jul 9, 2009 11:43 am
In summer everybody can love, and nobody knows winter.
Jul 9, 2009 1:23 pm
I remember so well, it was a hot day and we were dangling our feet in the pool when he suddenly turned and kissed me -- on the lips! -- but then I heard my mommy callling and I had to leave.
Jul 9, 2009 3:28 pm
38 years with the same spouse is hell-heaven over and over again, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Jul 9, 2009 10:45 pm
The early dawn wakes me, the bright sun showing red behind closed eyelids, and as I open my eyes I find you staring at me and because of the feeling that stirs in my heart I wish I could wake up again and again and again. To my newborn son Xavier.
Jul 9, 2009 11:09 pm
It's always during magic hour — when the sun kisses everything with a peachy glow — that I think of that summer, which was filled with mosquito bites, stale cigarettes, stolen kisses and Violent Femmes (who sounded like women to me).
Jul 9, 2009 11:47 pm
Seeing his face shining, makes my heart melting.
Jul 14, 2009 9:42 am
Flip flops lightly, laughingly left behind.
Jul 14, 2009 2:50 pm
Once up on a time on a cool, breezy winter evening on Valentine’s Day in the year 2020, he leaned over and kissed me underneath the sunset at the beach.
Jul 14, 2009 10:26 pm
I wish I had a Love.
Jul 15, 2009 9:12 am
After spending a glorious night riding on the back of a hippie's motorcyle, I ruined my summer by marrying the wrong man.
Jul 16, 2009 1:58 am
It is in the way the sun warms my skin, insistent upon reminding me that life is indeed made up of the little things, that love is truly all around me.
Jul 18, 2009 4:44 am
She smiled, I smiled back, and Cupid took it from there.
Jul 23, 2009 10:21 pm
After, 40 years of marriage, he still holds my hand while walking, listens with interest and gazes lovingly into my eyes with much love in his heart.
Jul 25, 2009 9:24 am
With her by my side, every extracurricular moment of summer became necessary.
Jul 31, 2009 3:39 pm
"He had kissed her hand, and rubbed it, 'I'm pretending I can keep you," he had said, 'I'm pretending it's as easy as this."
from Ann Beattie's "Falling In Place"
Aug 2, 2009 4:24 pm
Dirty sand, dingy arcades, rickety rides, bright lights and fireworks, all shot through with the essence of hot dogs, beer, and funnel cake: Coney Island is my summer love!
Aug 4, 2009 11:00 pm
It was the memory of the winter beach, that gray and uncaring friend, that urged me to follow that call, so steady in the whipping wind, backed by the whoosh and sigh of the waves, that promised magic... magic... magic!
Aug 7, 2009 6:56 pm
Endless days of school apart and weekend late nights talking, sharing our pasts, till they intertwined into a present that would become a future.
Aug 7, 2009 8:55 pm
Unassumingly, my love for him is no longer fueled from hot-blooded feats of romance with which he peppered our courtship, but by sweet text messages throughout his workday and thirty baby-free minutes to enjoy a hot shower every night.
Aug 13, 2009 3:24 am
She was the moon-washed, lush Pacific night, and I wished against nature to still the crash of waves to hear her every sigh, in the night of tossed bedclothes and palm-framed balcony doors flung wide, her thighs about me, pressing at my heart; but then, months later a day came and went when it could have been again, but wasn't; and the crashing waves-–on hold like stop-motion–-continued their eternal back-and-forth, and now those footprints on the sand are no more.
Feb 24, 2010 1:51 pm
Birds sang louder; colors were brighter; food tasted just delicious when he was around that summer, and when he gave me that kiss on the cheek in the Holland Tunnel at 4 AM, I wished for the summer to be endless.
Oct 25, 2011 9:43 pm