It's officially summer!
And I'm giving myself permission to enjoy it the way I did when I was little. I was just telling someone the other day: Well, we're doing this, and then we're doing that, and we're going here and there, and then when we get back summer will be half over...
And I thought: why am I wasting it like this? Why am I treating it like it's something to be gotten through, like a dentist's appointment or traffic court?!
Summer should be enjoyed like a ripe peach. Or a sun-warmed tomato from the garden. Just bite into it and savor it and stop thinking about how you should really be canning those peaches or making spaghetti sauce from the tomatoes so that next winter you'll be glad you spent your summer days thinking about the future.
Meanwhile you're missing the summer itself because you're trying so hard to capture it in a jar.
Watermelon is one of those evanescent summer pleasures that are immediate and fleeting. There is no such thing as saving it for later. Watermelon is meant to be eaten in the here and now, when it is juicy and ripe.
Sometimes, though, you can sort of cheat and make it last a little bit longer. These watermelon popsicles look like a good idea for a hot, hot afternoon when all you want to do is hang out on the cool front porch and watch the heat waves shimmer over the pavement. Or for a too-warm evening while sitting out in the backyard under the light of a waning moon.
Get the recipe here - along with a truly bizarre concept: watermelon donuts.