School will soon be out for the summer. When I was a young girl, the end of school meant time for swimming at the beach. The "beach" for me meant the Pecos River which ran right through the center of Carlsbad, New Mexico. It was an oasis for us in the hot New Mexico desert. There was sand all along the sides of the river. We built many a sandcastle there and swam out to the small "island" in the middle of the river. As a teenager, we sunbathed and worked very hard on a summer tan.
I also gathered flower bouquets especially roses from my neighbor's beautiful red rose bush. She graciously let the neighborhood kids gather roses for a rose corsage which we usually wore to church on Sunday mornings.