Cover Photo: That Summer by Lauren Suval

That Summer

Life happens, but there will always be that summer

I was told that orchids tend be rooted in some of the most ugliest places on earth. But, they ultimately grow into pretty flowers.

That summer was:

Jenga games at a small town coffee shop,

a coffee shop that brought solidarity, intent

That summer was:

Giggles from hard cider, and

karaoke nights at a pub;

Let’s set the world on fire

We can burn brighter than the sun

That summer was:

The two of us at the counter on Tuesday nights, and

developing feelings for the person behind it

That summer was:

The five of us together until 5am,

tired bodies determined not to leave

That summer was:

Standing close to him on the monkey bars, and

soaring on swings like we did when we were young

That summer was:

Surpassing waves by daylight, and

treading in chlorine under the glow of the moon

Summer of 2014 was an orchid, mending fractured pieces until they vanished into the August heat. 

Lauren Suval studied print journalism and psychology at Hofstra University, and she is a writer based in New York. Her work has been featured on Psych Central, Thought Catalog, Catapult Community, and other online publications. Lauren's e-book “Coping With Life’s Clutter” and her latest book, “The Art Of Nostalgia,” a collection of personal essays, can both be found on Amazon. She loves to be followed on Twitter @LaurenSuval and on Facebook @LaurenSuvalWriting.