Wishing you all fair winds and following seas.
Did your mom make these when you were a child?
I still have the 1960s plastic stick molds that my mother used. I brought freezer pops for my own children for wonderful, lazy summer days at the neighborhood pool.
What was your favorite flavor?
The freedom we enjoy as Americans is a great blessing. But freedom isn’t free—our freedom cost someone something.
Some of the best Fourths are small town celebrations—my inspiration for the Kiptohanock Fourth of July.
What do you do for the Fourth? What are some of your favorite memories of the Fourth?
One of the joys of childhood
Did you ever catch fireflies—or lightning bugs as they’re called in the South—as a child?
Or perhaps on sultry summer nights at twilight, you still chase fireflies with your own children and grandchildren.
As a child, I had a favorite dogwood tree that I climbed. I spent many a summer day in its highest branches looking out over my yard to the forest and into the sky dreaming dreams of my future.
This spot high above the rest of the world was my special place well into my teens. I climbed the tree just before I got in the car and drove away to college for the first time.
I climbed the tree one final time—the day before I got married.
Did you have a special childhood spot? A secret place that was all your own?
Here are a few treehouses that inspired Darcy’s treehouse in Hometown Reunion—
In researching Hometown Reunion, it was a lot of fun learning about kayaking. To celebrate finishing the novel, my family and I actually took a kayaking adventure in the beautiful tidal marshlands on the Eastern Shore.
Have you ever kayaked? Where were you?
As a child, I loved to swing. Higher and higher. Faster and faster. The closest thing I could get to flying. Soaring into the wild, blue yonder.
What did you like to do as a child?
Here is the tree swing inspiration for Hometown Reunion—