Seven year old John was wearing a pair of blue shorts and a white tee shirt over his bathing suit and flip flops on his feet. John is tall for his age at 4’ 2”. He is out going and whenever he visits his Nanny and Poppy he looks forward to seeing some of the neighborhood children. The children all like John and they look forward to seeing him since their winters are quiet and everyone is busy with school, homework and house chores. The children ask for John when he is not around.
He likes going to his Poppy’s house, especially in the summer when all the boats are out on the lagoon and the barbecuing begins. Nanny and Poppy live on a Lagoon at the New Jersey Shore, a summer vacation spot in the northeast. John and his sister sometime go to Poppy’s for the week end in the summer months. When it gets hot everyone jumps in the Lagoon and plays around. Playing ball, sitting on old tire tubes and hoping the crabs don’t grab your feet. The summers are congested and the winters are less congested. The summers are full of fun for everyone, children and grown ups alike. There is so much to do. You can walk the boardwalk and play many of the games at the penny arcade, spinning wheels, win toys; go to carnivals, swimming, boating, ball playing on the beach and much more.
While walking the boardwalk or just sitting on a bench looking at the ocean you can smell the cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, taffy and all the goodies that are sold along the way.
On one hot August day John and his sister Stephanianne visited for the weekend and they went swimming in the pool. After swimming was over John played with the family Shih Tzu, Princess. Princess is not allowed in the water because Nanny doesn’t want her long flowing hair all tangled and wet. She is smart enough to sit in a shady spot on the deck when she feels it’s too hot. She either goes under the table or in the gazebo, which is the coolest place to be, when it’s very hot in July and August.
The next morning John and his Poppy were up bright and early to start their crabbing for the day. Poppy sat on the edge of the dock while John watched as the crab trap and fish lines were thrown in the water. He leaned over to see the bubbles as the trap went under. Princess leaned over and checked too. She leaned too much and fell in. John helped Poppy fish her out and as she shook her body the water gave everyone in site a free shower. They laughed and while pulling Princess out a crab missed her paw by a hair.