Reliving Summer Memories

Many of you know that I have an insaniac 2 year old boy who’s constantly on the go and who I think would not sleep if we didn’t make him go to bed (seriously, my hubby and I have considered just letting him go to see what time he would actually fall asleep).

Anyway, one thing my outdoorsy, active 2 year old has recently done is remind me of all the fun summer things I did as a kid.  It’s sad to admit, but I had forgotten about so many of these.

In a way I’m now able to relive my own childhood memories while making more for me and him (OK.  So he’s only 2 and won’t remember any of this when he’s older, but I like to think he will anyway).  It’s so fun to remember being a kid at summer and spending hour upon hour doing nothing and loving every minute of it.  Every day was filled with imagination and fun.  Ahhhhh.  It’s just too bad I wasn’t able fully appreciate it all when it was happening, but at least I can appreciate it all now.

With all of this, I now give you my list of “How to Tell It’s Summer” based on all my old (and new) memories.  Hopefully these bring back some fun memories for you too.

  • Eating Popsicles on the front steps
  • Laying on the grass and figuring out what all the clouds look like
  • Running through the sprinkler
  • Water guns
  • Dirty feet (seriously black-bottom feet)
  • Sand found everywhere. Yes-everywhere.
  • Sitting in the driveway watching ants walk away with bits of the apple we left for them
  • Playing wiffleball and hide & seek and tag and red rover and. . .
  • Rolling down grassy hills or spinning in circles to see who can stay standing the longest (I was pretty darn good in my day!)
  • Staying up way past bedtime since it was still light out
  • Lightening bugs
  • The warm smell of asphalt when it rains (I love that smell) — and jumping in the puddles, of course!
  • Riding my bike all over the place
  • The ice cream man! (mine was called Jolly Joe)

And since I’m sure I forgot a few, make sure to send me some of yours!

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5 Responses to “Reliving Summer Memories”

  1. Cass July 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    I love rolling down hills. I can’t wait until I can teach my little girl all about rolling down hills and calling my mom about grass stains!

  2. Jen Y July 25, 2008 at 8:54 am #

    Oh the good old days… I used to LOVE catching lightening bugs! T is not into it yet (most days he’s in bed before they really come out), but it will be fun to catch them with him when he’s older.

    -Way back when, when I was about 5 we had a SNOW CONE guy that used to come to our neighborhood–Yum! (we also had the Snoopy snow cone machine!)
    -Climbing trees
    -Getting to stay out “until the streetlights came on”
    -Being paid like a nickel to pick up walnuts from my grandmother’s yard (I think that was the summer!)

    PS – A red popsicle with a white t-shirt–you are such a nice Mommy!

  3. Fran July 25, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    Sleeping in, and getting to stay in PJs as long as we want. Flying a kite.
    BBQ!!! I love watching my two little ones enjoy all the fun that summer has to offer.

  4. Chris (author) July 28, 2008 at 6:38 am #

    I have a couple…

    - Bounce pitch baseball (with a tennis ball in our driveway)
    - Sleeping in our parents room in sleeping bags on the floor because they had the air conditioner in their room.
    - Outdoor showers during our week at the beach, still my favorite!

  5. Jane Tarring (Grammie) July 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    Summertime was, and is, so much fun. I especially enjoyed taking you to the beach. We always had a great time there! Love, Mom