Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

Of all the sounds particular to certain seasons of the year, the sounds of summer are the most nostalgic for me. How about you?

Do you associate summer with the crack of a baseball bat against a well-worn baseball? Maybe as a kid you regularly grabbed a hand-me-down ball glove, donned a ball cap that touted the name of your favorite team, and met your friends in a field nearby to play a few innings before the streetlights came on, signaling that it was time to wrap things up and head home for supper. You lived for the moment when your bat made convincing contact and the ball went flying into the outfield as you scrambled to first base.

Does summer make you think about the clink of ice cubes in a tall glass on a hot day? Maybe you and your neighborhood pals set up a lemonade stand and sold your ice-cold sweet-sour concoctions to thirsty passersby for a few coins dropped into a coffee can. Or maybe you spent summers working in your family's garden, and the sound of those green beans dropping into the galvanized pail meant a delicious side dish would soon be served.

What about the jingle of the bell over the door of the local five-and-dime store as you burst in, or the chirp of the crickets as you sat on the back porch at sunset, or the ear-popping firecrackers your dad set off on the Fourth of July? And what about the cheers from onlookers as you finally screwed up enough courage to dive off the high diving board at camp? That splashing sound as you hit the water below is etched in your memory too!

All of these sweet sounds and more are revived in the stories in this issue. Sit back and let the echoes of summer in the Good Old Days tickle your eardrums, plant a song in your heart and put a smile on your face.

Doesn't that sound good?

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Mary Beth Weisenburger, Editor

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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