Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience. The next guest in the series has shared post on the blog before, but of course this time I get to do the choosing. A little retro summer magic from 2016 for L.T. Garvin’s second post.. and a little rock music.
Summertime, Gnomes and Rock Music (2016) by L.T. Garvin
Well here it is, almost the end of June, and I am way behind schedule as usual. Why is this? I think the Stupid Bug bit me. I just injured my back because I went to move a trunk, which on its own was not really that heavy, but I had forgotten that I filled it up with a bunch of stuff which of course, made it much heavier. So I just reached down to grab it and (insert shrill scream here, and a few choice words too). My back of all things! The good news, if there is ever any good news in this situation, was that I only impacted a muscle and luckily did not have to end up in traction anywhere, but the bad news is that it hurts (and has continued to hurt). After a week of medicine and muscle relaxers, I am finally seeing some improvement. So instead of working on the millions of things that I need to be, including a book trailer for my book that is coming out, I have been painting gnomes, talking to cats, and napping. I haven’t really been able to concentrate on these types of tasks with my aching back, and the gnome was originally headed to the trash before I turned his life around. You can see the before and after photos. The colors are fairly gnome-like except his basket tray is painted purple and gold that are the colors of my high school, former glory and all that, I mean, I just figured, why not?
Meanwhile College Boy, also known as, Boy Who Should Have Gotten A Summer Job is back home. He frequently bothers me when I am gnome painting and napping. “Umm, mom…wake up, mom….”
He says mom differently than my daughters do. Their mom is shrill, more like, “Mom!” as in “Mom, have you been coloring your own hair!!” This question would be asked by my younger daughter who was a professional hairstylist for quite awhile. She notices everything and will call me out on my hair in a New York minute. Such questioning will have me answering Andrea of the Perfect Bone Structure in a nonchalant way, as in: “Honey, whatever do you mean? YouTube? No never….”
Anyway, College Boy Who Needs A Job will pop up from time to time asking me to fund his various activities which are all so important, and on which, his very life depends. Sometimes he even volunteers to do chores, but he tends to do them badly, although I am thinking about having him paint, not gnomes, but maybe the side of the house that gets that lovely westerly sun.
The local radio station has been playing a lot of Aerosmith lately including the one song that used to never be played and one of my personal favorites, Kings and Queens. I don’t know why I’m excited about the radio since I have my own music collection, but these days it doesn’t take much to excite me. I also learned that none other than Joey Kramer now lives in Texas. This really surprised the Rock Guy who had no clue about this either. He now lives in Georgetown, a name that sounds like it should be an English colony, but that actually a suburb of Austin Texas. Who knew? So now, if we happen to be strolling around Georgetown, and we run into him, we can be all surprised-like and say something such as: “Joey Kramer…Aerosmith…no way!” So the summer of 2016 continues to unfold. At least the heat was a bit late to arrive, so I’m not completely fried out of my mind, but give it a couple weeks…
©L.T. Garvin 2016
About L.T. Garvin
L.T. Garvin is a huge fiction fan and literature lover. She enjoys writing fiction, short stories, and attempts at poetry. L.T. has a particular fondness for Southern literature possibly because they have such good food and bigger than life stories in the South.
She currently has three books available, Confessions of a 4th Grade Athlete, a humorous children’s book about a boy named Nathan and his exuberant experiences in school and sports. Another children’s book, Animals Galore explores unique animals and their antics. A novel, Dancing with the Sandman, is suitable for all age groups and takes readers on time travel journey back to the 1960s. L.T. Garvin maintains a WordPress site where she shares fiction, poetry, and humorous essays
Books by L.T. Garvin
About Dancing with the Sandman
The Sandman cometh dancing to the beat of rock ‘n’ roll, blasting the turmoil of the Sixties. And where are you? West Texas, of course. Billie Jo Dunstan confronts her past, traveling back to the 1960s through a decade of turbulence and swirling color memories, contemplating life growing up in rural Texas. Tragedy and comedy come alive, preserving the past and a portion of small town life that will survive beyond super highways and the ratcheting progress of time.
Garvin’s (And They Came, 2017, etc.) latest novel offers a reflection of one girl’s coming-of-age in small-town Texas in the 1960s. … Garvin is at her best when offering these cheeky nods to the past, never getting bogged down in nostalgia.
A winning narrator enlivens a charming tale of a town facing modernity.–Kirkus Reviews
One of the reviews for the book
The story starts and ends in west Texas as Billie Jo revisits the small town she grew up in, a town left behind years ago when progress, in the form of a new highway, raced ahead. It’s a place that holds memories so tangible they feel like ghosts rising out of the sand, and they create the substance of the story.
Garvin calls the book a fictional journey, but it reads like a memoir. If you were a kid in the 60’s, this book will feel something like a trip into childhood, a time before helicopter parents and iphones, a time when kids had to create their own fun while learning the painful lessons of life.
Though the book takes place in Texas, there is so much about Billie Jo’s experiences that felt familiar to me, a child of rural Connecticut. In a way, the qualities that make up a childhood – the way adults are perceived, the family quirks, sibling teasing, unexpected kindnesses and losses, how kids think and fill their leisure time – seemed universal. This is a thoroughly relatable book.
And told as a “look back at the ghosts of the past,” the book has a nostalgic aura that lingered beyond the last page, calling forth my own ghosts and eliciting memories that I’d forgotten. Dancing with the Sandman is a lovely, poignant, rich read for all ages, but especially for those who enjoy memoirs and those who were children in the 60’s.
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