What is a childhood memory that makes your heart still leap at the thought of summer?
With summer fast approaching I remember my grandfather teaching us how to drink safely from streams. Mudding in my Sunday best and quickly being scolded by my mom ;-) to the thunderstorms that rolled through southeastern Oklahoma and astonished our young minds with turbulent shaped clouds, wind and rain every summer except 1998 that was a dry summer(yikes). Some of the best times of my life! What are yours? Is it something you plan to share with your kids, nieces, nephews, or friends kids?
I was about 8 when I had a two week holiday on my grandparents farm in Norway. I remember it being really hot everyday and my dad putting me on the the back of his bicycle and riding to the nearest lake. The water was so clear and beautiful. I had only ever been swimming at the beach or swimming pools before so being surrounded by trees in this tranquil place I found amazing. it is probably one of my most re-lived memories of childhood.
I remember one particular summer; I was old enough to get a little job strawberry picking. The sheer joy of sitting among the leafy bushes in the open field under a blue sky, eating juicy red strawberries. At the end of the day I'd get my pay and cycle home, a box of strawberries tied to my handle bars. I was delighted with my wage packet: a couple of quid and the strawberries.
I'd take a dip in the river below our house to cool off before heading up the hill. I remember the sound of bees buzzing and the shrieks of laughter from the other kids.
I remember fondly; my first taste of independence was one of strawberries.
Wow! What a great question!
I remember one summer my Aunt came to collect me from Fortrose in the Highlands of Scotland and take me via the train from Inverness to Oban (about a 3-4 hour journey in those days- 39 years or so ago) so that I could spend the summer with my Grandparents and my Aunt. I was only about three at the time, but it has left a very vivid memory for me, and a time which I still discuss with my mother to this day. The minute I saw my Aunt I began to cry and did not stop until I saw my Grandmother standing in the doorway of her house in Oban, with out stretched arms . All through the trip, my Aunt, as well as other passengers, tried to console me but to no avail , and then the minute I saw my Grannie, that was it , everything was okay. Funny thinking back.
Many thanks for the walk down memory lane.
Cheers Topaz Blue
Cycling with my brother and three his mates through the streets of a Muslim town in Africa pretending we were The Famous Five from the Enid Blyton books.
Going rock climbling and climbing mango and guava trees then getting red ants crawling up my jeans and swinging like Tarzan to get to the ground. Ahh! Those were the days.
I still have good memories about a childhood trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with my family. I still remember how breathtaking the power of nature was. I want to go back someday.
We always went to the Jersey shore every summer, the board walk in wild wood was awesome. The only place you could get pizza at 6 in the morning. We spent every weekend there and had so much fun. I love going home and going to the shore eating fudge and salt water taffy. No beach like it to me.
Something that comes to my mind from my childhood -
One summer I got to sleep outside almost all summer on an old air mattress we had. That sure slept good! I loved to feel the cool breeze on my face. Much more refreshing than sleeping in a stuffy, hot bedroom! The only drawbacks to sleeping outside: cats fighting and playing during the night, the rooster crowing and waking me up early - like around 4:00 am, and mosquitoes...
Salmon fishing in the Little Su river north of Wasilla with my mom, dad and brother. Our yearly week long camping trip to Finger Lake. Weekend trips to Seward to fish for Pollack. Seeing killer whales, sea otters, eagles, bears, and moose everywhere. And usually getting drenched to the bone with icy cold rain.
You had a pretty neat grandfather! I would have enjoyed muddng because that is exactly what we used to do but n the city. When it rained, we would love jumping in the puddles and running in the rain. What fun! I guess what most pops out is just being able to run in the sprinklers and eat popsicles on the back porch with my siblings. Summer is freedom to kids, It's ust fun to hang out around the house. My best summer was when we went to visit our family in California. It was a cross country trip by car with my parents and two sisters. We had fun being together, met our family members and learned a lot about life.
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