Here are some of the things I loved as a child...
realize there is no hurry to get to school.
uniform blue plaid jumper over a crisp, white, peter pan collar
blouse. That red criss-cross tie...enough said.
and riding all over the neighborhood on a banana seat bike with the
to see how far you could swim to earn your certificate.
and slides while your dad played basketball with whomever was
on the court at the time.
extra spending money. One summer, we filled garbage bags with
beer cans collected from the local park after ball games. The entire
garage smelled like stale beer, but my parents still let us do it. It
was a great day when we loaded up those bags and took them to
the recycling center.
That money from those recycled beer cans had to be spent!
was never a shortage of adventures and imagination thanks to
reading all summer!
street lights came on. Collecting lightening bugs in baby food jars
helped us learn about science, nature, and that lightening bugs
really do need to be freed before going to bed. (They are not, in
fact, a night light. But as a kid, you wish you could take them to
your room and watch them until you fall asleep.)
near an open window (because we didn't have air conditioning)
after a bath and clean jammies.
That feeling on contentment was
priceless. Only we didn't realize it at the time.
Then as an adult you have those same concerns about making it through those tough times.
That is when it helps to remember the pleasant, peaceful, childhood memories.
(Like summer time, carefree, fireflies in a baby jar kind of moments.)
"Fireflies in a Baby Food Jar"
Chocolate and Champagne
(for a more grown up Summer Memory)