As I was making breakfast the other day, the blast of a car’s horn announced that carpool -usually 10 minutes late- was, on this particular Friday, 10 minutes early. My teenager, frantically searching for her physics book, intercepted a half finished tuna sandwich from her mother, grabbed a breakfast bar from the cupboard, and ran out the door in a jaw-dropping blur of speed. My wife sighed and muttered, “I can’t wait for summer.”
Neither can I.
I love the way life slows down just a bit during summer. Work still beckons, often seven days a week, but the days are longer, the sun is sunnier, and balmy breezes are redolent with flowers in full bloom, copious amounts of sunscreen, and best of all, the mesquite from my grill. Summer, I thought to myself, is just around the corner. I could almost smell it!
That night, I decided to pull the grill out of the garage in honor of the impending season. As I worked over smoking coals, my wife set the patio table with placemats from our Malibu Collection: several different colors from aqua to lime to cobalt, topped with square white dishes and multi-colored napkins. When the salad was tossed (in one of our beautiful Acaciaware™ salad bowls!) the chicken plated, and wine glasses topped off, we sat down to eat. There was still a bit of chill in the air, so I lit the outdoor heater. Nevertheless, I felt transported to that special state of mind that is summer. ..Almost.
Just as I closed my eyes to savor the moment, I heard the blast of a car’s horn. My daughter grabbed a chicken leg, and ran into the house with a vaguely familiar blur of speed. “Thanks for the barbecue! Gotta Go! Back by ten!” My wife and I shared a look, and a laugh. Then clinked our wine glasses together. “Here’s to summer!”
Note: Pacific Merchants Malibu Collection place mats have the look and feel of natural woven fabric, but are actually made from polypropylene. This easy to clean material resists moisture and bacterial growth and will not stain or fade. Simply wipe clean. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, as well as every season! Acaciaware™Acacia hardwood salad bowls are also ideal for any occasion, from barbeque to formal feast, and are as beautiful as they are durable!