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Balsamic Vinaigrette

This scene was so evocative of childhood summers – bathing suits and sprinklers. This woman was, of course, not running through these sprinklers, but sunbathing at 10 AM on a weekday with lawn sprinklers in the background was both unusual and suggestive – the scene begged for a photo. Soon, sunbathing will be a distant summer memory. Although it is technically still summer, the collective mindset changes greatly after Labor Day and the start of the school year. The reality of summer’s end is further reinforced by cool clear days, a presage to autumn.

I am surprised at how universal the practice of cooling off by running through a sprinkler is. I always assumed that only the desperately poor resorted to this summer heat cooling solution. But in speaking to many people over the years from different social strata and countries, running through sprinklers appears to be a play activity that transends class and nationality. Children will generally eschew concerns regarding image or status. The size of a pool or the particular location of a summer house is not of much concern to a child on summer break. Of course, there are exceptions – children who have been raised at an early age to appreciate the “finer things,” which frequently translates as snobbery. I find that this can be quite disturbing.

Children should be taught about quality and not be brought up as classless boors, but one must be careful to not end up with children intolerant of the ordinary – the world is comprised predominantly of ordinary people and ordinary things. Arrogance, snobbery, elitism, and one-upmanship are not endearing qualities in children, and all should remember that the world is populated with haves and the have-nots, primarily have-nots.

I am reminded of a frightening occurence in a restaurant. A young child was essentially having a temper tantrum. The reason? His preferred salad dressing was not available: balsamic vinaigrette…

9 Responses to Balsamic Vinaigrette

  1. An Honest Man says:

    Great photograph – and well said!

  2. an honest man – thanks.

  3. Barbara Rahal says:


  4. I thought it was fall too. Until I got to NYC. It’s still technically and actually summer today, The temp. sign I saw a few minutes ago said 76°.

    The pic came out well Brian. You’re quite right, the majority of us don’t seem able to keep the fact that we are the very fortunate ten? or twenty? percent of the world’s population in mind and conduct ourselves accordingly.

    We’re an odd bunch.

  5. Great photo. You are right after Labor Day you can fell winter coming soon and the summer fading away. But you make a good point about cherishing the simple things in life. You should check out this travel site I found, baraaza.com. You could upload your pics featuring our great city.


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  8. Lily Hydrangea says:

    I love this photo! & your writing. You have a great blog.
    Personally, I find ordinary interesting.

  9. beautiful photograph. The light, the shade, the woman, the sprinkler. So evocative for many people I’m sure.

    French children eat most things. It always surprises me how knowledgeable they are. They know how to behave in restaurants too. Italian children too. all part of the family thing.

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