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SUMMER SPLENDOR

Summer brings not only the long and bright days that call for adventure, relaxation, and daydreaming, but also in its warm breezes and long sunsets the nostalgic images of a golden age of childhood, and the boundless world of early youth.

More than spring itself - with its symbolism of birth, death, and resurrection - summer vibrates with the frightful and delightful tensions of youth and the complex rituals of life . Boys and girls, teenagers of both sexes fire up the fullness of summer days; they are everywhere - an inconceivable sight in the months of school's confinement. They inhabit summer with the intensity of those who feel and know that the experience will never be repeated.

The new life, blinded by desire, rushes into the fire of the adventure of living. Year after year youth -the eternal youth of ever repeating generations-takes hold of summer and consumes it. In the heat of the season bursts new experiences, the uncontrollable bonfire that burns up, at last, the age of innocence. Like a phoenix of an ancestral mythology, youth is born of its own fire. And it opens its wings.

It is the season of youthful vitality, the season of inaugurations, of energy, of warm embraces and solemn gestures. A continuity of spring, a time for birth, summer exalts the fullness of life, the supple body of nimble spirit, the almost fulfilled promise of maturity. But summer is also a season of terrible consequences. Because, when youthful energy reaches its utmost brilliance, the inevitable happens. With invariable fate, youth is struck by the tragic event: the accident, the crime, the irreparable mistake, the inconceivable death. Youth - all desire and energy- blinded by its own brightness, can consume itself in the violence of life.


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