5 condolences: hot summer days

I grew up in California’s central valley – a place known for its hot summer days.  I’m pretty sure my brother and I spent more time in our neighbor’s pool than in our own house during the summer months.  We spent endless hours playing marco polo, diving for rings, and seeing who could hold their breath the longest under water. We stayed in the cool water as long as possible to beat the heat.

This week we share five condolences about memories from hot summer days:

  1. I would say my favorite memory of Aunt Christine was sitting on the door rock helping to make strawberry ice cream on a hot summer afternoon while all who could were out helping get the hay in. [Published in Morning Sentinel]
  2. Billy was a very special person to me! I would go to his store a few times a week and he became a familiar neighborhood friend. He knew everyone’s name and he was always personable to all that came in. On those hot summer days I would visit him and bring him a cold beverage of appreciation. [Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News]
  3. I have fond memories of him and his kindness. On many a hot summer night, as a young man he would join in with the neighborhood kids by participating in kickball games held in his father’s backyard. [Published in The News & Advance]
  4. I remember your mom as always being fun. I still tell people about the day that she convinced Greg that she stored her ice cream I the stove. We didn’t believe her at all but went next door and had an ice cream straight from the stove on a really hot summer day. [Published in the Toronto Star]
  5. Your mother was one of the warmest, most caring and pleasant people I have ever had the privilege to have known. Our neighborhood and community at large was quite blessed to have her as part of it. She gave a small, 5 year old me a nice, cold cup of Koolaid one hot Summer day. Boy, I can still taste it right now. [Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle]

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About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie, and playing with our hound dogs, Mugsy and Bo Jangles.
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