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Summertime, Child, Your Living’s Easy

Child, your living’s easy.
Fish are, jumping out
And the cotton, Lord,
Cotton’s high, Lord so high.

Your daddy’s rich
And your ma’s so good-looking, baby.
She’s looking good now,
Hush, baby, baby, baby, baby now,
No, no, no, no, no, no, no,
Don’t you cry, don’t you cry.

One of these mornings
You’re gonna rise, rise up singing,
You’re gonna spread your wings, child,
And take, take to the sky,
Lord, the sky.

Until that morning,
Honey, n-n-nothing’s going to harm ya,
No, no, no no, no no, no…
Don’t you cry — cry.

        ~ THE GREAT, Janis Joplin

As I came across this tire swing on my morning walk, I was quite literally shocked! “When was the last time you saw a tire swing in a real-life Huck Finn setting?” I asked myself. Never! Backyards, yes! This setting, no!

It was in an open-space wetland surrounded by greenery and wildflowers that evoked feelings of all that is good; all that is pure; all that is….magic and childlike. And, of course, you guessed it: the song began to play…”Summertime, child, your living’s easy…

I can see it clearly in my mind’s eye: the children that rush to this joy-giving tree and tire swing each summer day, ice cream in hand, bubble gum in pocket, are indeed, living easy…

Let’s take a walk down memory lane with Janis, shall we? 


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