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How many summers can you remember?

How many summers can you remember?

I was sitting around with a friend the other night and we were trying to remember the summers of our lives. How many summers can you clearly remember? Five? Fifteen? So many summers come and gone, but how many can you recall in detail, with color and feeling? When the question came up in our conversation, one memory popped into my viewfinder first. Savannah, Ga. I was 7 or 8 years old. One day, right after my swimming lesson, when I was chlorine-clean, with my hair still wet, my mother drove me to a bookstore to buy me a book, Nancy Drew No. 22, "The Clue in the Crumbling Wall." I took the book home, sat down under a mossy tree and stayed there all afternoon, hypnotized...