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Fun In The Sun Days



Humid days, hazy days,

Crazy, busy travel days.



Fireworks and Fair days,

Burgers, popsicles and S’more days.



Sprinklers and beach days,

Flip flops, sunburns, staying cool days.



Please never let them end-

These summer fun in the sun days!



 © Donna Donabella 2013


This is another in a series of summer poems I wrote in 2013 to celebrate those summer days I remembered from childhood.  We had a County Fair that I was always entering something in…cookies or a badly sewn placemat.  We went swimming, wore flip-flop sandals, made S’mores and popsicles.

And we never failed to go on a family vacation.  All 6 of us piled into a station wagon on the road for our destination.  Nothing too expensive, but exploring neighboring states.  The best was when we shared a house on the beach in Florida with other family.  Made we want to live on a beach…maybe someday.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.


summer rainbows

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 







Special Note:  The pictures here are of thoughts of summer with sunlight streaming through the trees, rainbows after thunderstorms and my flip-flops all grown up and much prettier looking.




I leave you with a few additional words about Fun In The Sun.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

fun in the sun

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. Zena Toledo Zena Toledo
    June 28, 2015    

    I also have nice memories of my childhood summers by the sea… those long, relaxed days were so special… thanks for your beautiful words and images xx

    • July 1, 2015    

      Oh so wonderful the poem evoked wonderful childhood memories Zena!

  2. June 28, 2015    

    Isn’t it wonderful to have memories to hug to ourselves as a talisman against the dark days.
    Love your rainbows and your stylish footwear – which I know as thongs.

    • July 1, 2015    

      Thanks Soosie…grown up flip flops are know as thongs here too….

  3. x x
    June 28, 2015    

    Sounds like a lovely summer to me.
    We were popping fireworks with the boys the other day. Ha.
    It has been a fun summer. I am glad for cooler days though
    this weekend.

    • July 1, 2015    

      Wonderful summer memories you are making with your boys….it has been too cool and wet here…we need a bit of sun!

  4. June 28, 2015    

    Ah, that is exactly the way I feel about summer. Never let those days end!

  5. June 28, 2015    

    That’s exactly how summer should be.. The fun in the sun (and I love the flip-flops)

    • July 1, 2015    

      Ha, ha! Glad you enjoyed the fun in the sun Bjorn!

  6. June 28, 2015    

    though summer is very hot in India but got to LOVE your lovely, lovely Sun Days…thanks for the beautiful share Donna 🙂

    • July 1, 2015    

      You are most welcome Sumana….I might like summer in that heat.

  7. June 28, 2015    

    I have a lot of catching up to do, dear Donna, after a full week in England before g’son Nicholas arrives on 17 July. But I wanted you to know I love seeing you here and on FB. I especially love the timely rainbows today (in the hearts!) because of the huge decision just made by the SCOTUS on Marriage Equality. WOWSER. I’m still pinching myself!

    • July 1, 2015    

      It was a wonderful week….and glad you enjoyed my timely rainbows Ginnie!

  8. June 28, 2015    

    The beautiful summer days seem so joyous as we lie in the sun and bask.. wishing for this moment to forever last..!
    Beautifully penned 😀

    Lots of love,

    • July 1, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sanaa…looking for some summer sun right now as we have been deluged with lots of rain of late.

  9. June 28, 2015    

    Summer is a feeling – a freedom of the heart and soul…may it be long and happy – and love those flip flops 🙂

    • July 1, 2015    

      Wonderful fun with my flip flops…thanks for the summer sentiments Jae Rose!

  10. June 28, 2015    

    summer can be fun but it’s my 3rd fave season. i would love autumn to be forever haha.

    • July 1, 2015    

      You and my husband totomai…my first season is spring.

  11. June 28, 2015    

    I love the summer you describe. Hope you get to live your dream of living near the beach!

  12. June 28, 2015    

    summer offers many things to ease our living. nice images.

  13. June 28, 2015    

    Oh how this takes me back… mind drifting along summery memories that smell like
    coppertone and cherry icey’s and ocean air:) Beautiful memories.
    Our State Fair was always in October so that is an autumn memory for me.
    But I love your “badly sewn placemat” memories:) Summer was magic then.
    Hope the magic finds you in sweet and unexpected ways,

    • July 1, 2015    

      Thank you my friend…loved your summer memories Jennifer!

  14. June 28, 2015    

    You have captured well the feeling of childhood summers. Now summer is mostly, for me, staying out of the heat, LOL.

    • July 1, 2015    

      Extreme heat is not kind Sherry, but I will take SOME heat after our cold long winters…right now we are getting cool rain.

  15. June 28, 2015    

    The summer sun and fun days seemed to last so much longer when I was younger 🙂

    • July 1, 2015    

      I agree Cherie…trying to get those days back and extend that summer feeling.

  16. June 28, 2015    

    Yes, savoring each fun day in summer ~

  17. June 28, 2015    

    How that took me back to the long school holidays when our restricted lives were set free and the world was ours. Loved it!

    • July 1, 2015    

      Oh yes Robin..the freedom of those summers…so happy you loved it!

  18. June 28, 2015    

    A wonderful post. It really took me back: my childhood was much the same. Sometimes, I think we spend the rest of our lives wistfully recalling the pure “high” of those innocent, joyful childhood summer days. Though – always lovely – it’s just not quite the same, as adults. I guess once we leave childlike things behind we can’t truly go back and pick up where we left off. Such a special, special time … and such a lovely evocative piece, Donna.

    • July 1, 2015    

      I agree Wendy…it is hard to reclaim those days so I will remember them often and savor those memories.

  19. June 28, 2015    

    Lifts my spirits as I hunker down in the winter cold here in Australia. 🙂

    • July 1, 2015    

      Oh Rosemary so glad to bring you some warmth….

  20. June 28, 2015    

    The sweet simplicity of this is as sweet as a child’s summer day. Lovely

    • July 1, 2015    

      What a lovely compliment…thank you Pearl.

  21. June 28, 2015    

    It sounds like you had some wonderful summer days and you can still enjoy the summer sun and a S’more. This week there will be fireworks everywhere as we bring in the 4th of July.

    • July 1, 2015    

      Yes we have a big fireworks display right across the road in a couple of days…kicks off the summer with a bang!

  22. June 29, 2015    

    Great alliteration!

  23. June 29, 2015    

    Oh yes, one can let the hair down in summer. There is the freedom with nature with bright colors of spring blended with copper-toned ones of Autumn all for the eyes to gawk at. Wonderful pic Donna!


  24. June 29, 2015    

    Yes – these days are upon us!

  25. June 29, 2015    

    Such a fun, sweet write about the memories of summer! It takes me back….a place I rarely go, trying to be here now. It is late, and I do not want to miss a thing!

    • July 1, 2015    

      It is good to be in the now of summer…I try to savor each day rain or shine…

  26. June 29, 2015    

    They go all to quickly don’t they.

  27. June 29, 2015    

    It gets too hot in Summer here in India but nevertheless I love Summers as much as you do in your lovely write! Enjoy while it lasts..

    • July 1, 2015    

      Oh I am not sure I would love the heat but the fun days are worth a bit of heat aren’t they!

  28. June 29, 2015    

    “sunburns, staying cool days”

    My problem? When it’s summer, I avoid the heat. When it’s winter, I always regret not enjoying more of the summer.

    • July 1, 2015    

      I used to do that but with our long winters I have begun to savor summer more and more.

  29. June 29, 2015    

    Love your summer poem, Donna! I enjoy some hot weather, after a long cold winter. Your rainbow mosaic is beautiful. Have a happy day!

    • July 1, 2015    

      Thanks Eileen…so happy you enjoyed it!

  30. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    June 29, 2015    

    Yes, as kids we never wanted summer to end …it meant back to school. As an adult, I love my gardens and spending time outdoors but I’m ready by autumn to move back inside for reading by the fire.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    • July 1, 2015    

      I do enjoy the break of autumn too Judith although I would like summer and spring to be longer than winter.

  31. June 29, 2015    

    Your summer poem is beautiful,Donna. It brings me back to my childhood. I liked to go to a local festival, wearing a Japanese summer kimono. Somehow, as a child I never tired of the hot season. I was just a naughty girl. But actually, now it is too hot and humid here in Japan.I have no idea how I manage to miss the sweltering time!

    • July 1, 2015    

      It seems we tolerate the heat less as we age, but with the long winters here and being stuck indoors, i love being out even in summer’s heat…thankfully our heat is not too bad most days.

  32. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    June 30, 2015    

    Happy days!

  33. June 30, 2015    

    Just can’t have these summer days enough! Great childhood memory too!

    • July 1, 2015    

      I agree…wishing summer would linger!

  34. June 30, 2015    

    No I will never let them escape my memory.

  35. June 30, 2015    

    Summer is my favorite season…and we get plenty of warm weather here in Florida! Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

    • July 1, 2015    

      Thanks Diane…we need a bit of heat right now. Enjoy that FL heat Diane!

  36. CC CC
    June 30, 2015    

    They sound like such wonderful days they bring a smile to my face just reading about them 🙂

  37. July 1, 2015    

    you had me at popsicles and s’mores!! Happy Summer!!!

  38. July 1, 2015    

    Aren’t they just the best! 🙂

  39. July 2, 2015    

    I love sunshine too 🙂

  40. July 4, 2015    

    This is lovely. some beautiful memories here 🙂

  41. July 10, 2015    

    It would be nice to have summer last as long as we want. Great days and times.

    • July 10, 2015    

      I used to laugh when I would hear people complain about the heat and humidity after a long cold winter and their complaints then too…I even found myself joining in the grumbling, and it was then that I vowed to try and enjoy each season….and especially summer!

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