Living is Easy


The perfect summer.

Summertime and the livin’ is easy.

That’s what the song says.

Truth be told, this summer has been a heat-filled bit of drudgery. As I’ve written, it’s hot mostly everywhere.

Then I saw this little scene.

A nascent picture that almost brought me back to the days of my youth. A time when summers didn’t seem so hot. When summers seemed to be an endless time of sand lot baseball, trading baseball cards, and a little later, hanging out and listening to music with friends.

Like everything, change inserted it’s pointy little head. I grew up. Moved away. Worked. Made millions of pictures. Did whatever it is I did. Now, I’m here.

Sheesh. I can file for Medicare today. August 1, 2018. You can do it three months before your big retirement birthday. Then, there’s retirement. Turns out that if you want maximum social security benefits, people born when I was, must wait until their 66th birthday. But, you can start a year early and only lose a few dollars a month.

Or not.

Artists, in general, never really retire. We can’t. We aren’t made that way. We might cut back. We might hustle a little less, but we don’t stop. That would probably kill most of us.

Obviously deadline and dates have brought me to this discussion. On the other hand, a lot of us are talking about it. A guy who helped me with the more musical part of my career just traveled home to see his 91-year-old mother in Connecticut. He’s on a journey through his past. He’s not liking it. At least, he is finding some of the things of his youth. Carvel soft ice cream. Thin pizzas that are only made on the East Coast. White clam sauce over pasta.

I’ll leave this here. For now.

The picture. I looked up. There it was. Funny how that happens. I brightened it up. I added some color. I made it into a summer’s day long ago.  If I look hard enough I can see a baseball flying over those bushes. You can look too. Maybe your youthful summer will appear.

 

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

5 thoughts on “Living is Easy

  1. You made me smile. First, no one ever uses the word nascent. And it’s a good word, it deserves better. Second, your description of childhood was so evocative of my own, my Dad’s, my son’s… And third, it ended on a hopeful note. I like that.

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    1. Good. It was a happy post. That’s what happens when we finally make it home… tomorrow will be about Satchmo Fest, and it will be until Monday. Music. Music. Music. 🎼🎼🎼🎼 .

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      1. The Summer Fest is his birthday celebration. Starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday. There is a wonderful second line following the jazz mass at St. Augustine in Treme. It is produced by the same folks who run the French Quarter fest in spring. Stay tuned here. I’m going to post daily, but a little later in the day so I can publish the freshest material.

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