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Taste Life; Dive-In

Lined -Up Waiting for Musical Chairs to Begin

Taste of Pensacola, a Chicago neighborhood block party, cordoned off with cars at each end, so the kids can ride bikes and trikes on the street all day.

Complete with a blown-up-bouncing??? like a trampoline on steroids??? machine? Where children bounce up and down, giggling, falling, getting up again, sweating with exertion, breathless with fun.

A Water-Balloon Contest, with different generations partnered to toss water-balloons at each other and step back. Balloons bursting with contact—shower water and shrieks, energizing the eager contestants.

Followed by a water fight for the kids who can’t get enough of the fun!

Kids Fortified for Water Balloon Fight

A Sand-Bag Toss contest, Bingo, and Musical Chairs with all ages and sizes going round-and-round, scrambling into a chair when the music stops—won by Katherine, who is going into first grade.

And Elvis, yes he’s back, singing all our favorites to the tapping feet of the ladies sitting on lawn chairs on their driveway.

Chef Chris On The Grill

A long banquet table filled appetizers and side-dishes brought by friends and neighbors to share, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, tamales, beet salad, Greek salad, potato salad, Italian salad, baked beans, coleslaw, roasted corn on the cob. I wish I could remember everything…

A table full of desserts, I brought A Mandala of Summer Fruit Tart.

Light Bright Mandala Summer Fruit Tart

A  make-your-own Sundae Bar with all the toppings, sprinkles, cherries and whipped cream.

Who Wants A Banana Split?

A Norman Rockwell day for a generation of city dwellers, some of whom may never have heard of him. Every ethnicity with all American heart, out to celebrate their neighborhood, spend time and meet— new neighbors, babies, children, relatives and friends. Eating, drinking and playing until the day ends.

Stacked with Sides-to-Share

During the festivities I watched as two men— of stature and size fell playing a game.

One making a swan-dive for a water-balloon tossed by his 10 year old partner, and the other during Musical Chairs, diving into a plastic lawn chair that broke. Each, startled… got up with an I’m OK— I wonder if I should still be doing this— grin.

What did these men teach me? Dive in!

Participate in the moment, take risks to win to do.

“If at first you don’t succeed, then Skydiving is not for you!”

But everything else is.


6 thoughts on “Taste Life; Dive-In

  1. Well done, thank you for teaching me to participate,dust myself off, and get back in there. The summer tart was a delish dish, Katherine and I shared the last of it.

  2. What fun it is when you just dance… I love all those games played by young and old. Summer is so short so jump in and have a good time !!

  3. Oh what fun. You are so right about the diving in, whether it the games or the food. Your fruit tart was amazing. I had seconds and I would of had thirds. Yummy

  4. Looks grand and fun… now can we get back to the fruit tart. I tried tasting it and all I got was a fistful of cybersphere. Any chance you’ll be positng a recipe? That tart just sings.

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