It’s almost the 4th of July, already! Summertime is here. To help celebrate summer, last Friday we asked people to share their favorite childhood summertime memories or places. Here are some of our favorite replies:
A memory that captures summer for me was our summer holiday at the beach, so many awesome memories of being at the cottage with my grandma and going to the beach, the flea market, garage sales, church supper; enjoying a game of cards at night in the cottage. I truly miss those days but have an opportunity to create memories at the cottage with my own children.
I had a wonderful Aunt and Uncle who took me with them every summer for vacation and we traveled the states !! Mountains, reservations ….all the things this little city girl would never have gotten to see otherwise.
Sitting on the front porch glider with a cold Coca-Cola (we didn’t call them Cokes back then).
The river! Going swimming, fishing and having bon-fires. Eating hot dogs and s’mores. As a kid and no air-conditioning it was the place to be!
We would make homemade ice cream and we would all take turns turning the crank. We would eat watermelon under the shade tree. Oh how I miss those days.”
Flashlight tag, catching night crawlers in the middle of the night, and eating fresh watermelon
Running for the ice cream truck! Sometimes we had to catch it on the block behind our house.
Going to my Grandpa and Grandma’s home for the summer, and my Grandpa digging for earthworms so we could go fishing, while my Grandma made fresh Lemonade. Yummy
Having the freedom to ride our bikes all over the place and know we had to be home when the street lights came on.
Hanging out at the local pool with my Mom and my best friend. Mom would make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and we would picnic under a huge tree. I can still recall the music they played at the pool, (early 80s songs, especially “Roseanna” sticks out for some reason) and every time I hear them I can close my eyes and I”m at the pool, smelling the chlorine, tasting PB&J and craving my youth all over again…
Traipsing behind my big brother to play in his secret fort in the woods and “pretend” fishing in the small pond there…he “let” me go because he was told to watch out for me but I think he had fun too! 🙂
Even today, many many years later, whenever I smell pine needles in the sun or see large pitchers of Kool-aid-like drink I think of happy days in summer camp. The activities were fun but it’s the smells and tastes of summer camp I remember most!
The memory that best captures my childhood summers is riding my bike to the park and swimming in the pool with all the kids in the village. Some nights the pool would stay open for the moonlight swims! They would turn the lights on in the water. On those nights I went to bed with pruned skin on my fingertips and toes and the smell of chlorine in my hair…….miss those days!
Enjoying or small towns 4th of July activities. Watching the fireworks, antique tractor pulls, and going to the street dance in the town square.
Sitting on the front porch with my family on a hot hot summer night and watching the thunderstorm roll up from the valley to the top of our mountains.
Lying on the ground as a kid and feeling the earth move as I looked into the sky at the beautiful clouds and seeing what could be animals. Also, loved climbing the pine trees we had in our yard because I would climb to the top and I could see for miles. Absolutely beautiful memories.
Waking up to the bedroom curtains gently billowing from the morning breeze coming through the open window.
Badminton under the dusk to dawn light in the backyard at times you did not know if you were swinging at the birdie or if it was the bat chasing the birdie.
Climbing the apple tree with my little sister, stuffing our faces with fresh apples, (sometimes green, still good ) then throwing the cores at our three older brothers. They always acted surprised but I know now they were expecting it.
Spitting the watermelon seeds into the flower beds to grow more watermelons.
Using a clothes pin to attach a baseball card to the spokes of my bicycle tires to make a cool noise while riding my bike!
Catching lightning bugs in a jar when it got dark.
What was your favorite childhood memory of summer?