This week’s Monday Listicles topic is 10 Summer Memories, and since I often don’t like to follow exactly what it calls for, I’m splitting into two separate lists of 5.
5 Summer Memories from My Childhood:
1. No School – I always felt like summer didn’t start until school was out, regardless of the date or the weather. And it’s over when school starts back up. So all my summer memories apply to the wonderful days of the summer break from school.
2. The Pool – I feel like I spent pretty much every day all summer at the pool when I was a kid. This included time spent hanging out with my friends, participating in swim team for awhile, making friendship bracelets, loving food from the concession stand if I was allowed to get some. I feel bad sometimes that my girls don’t have these kind of fun pool memories because I don’t feel like a pool membership is worth the cost when we’d only have a chance to go a few times since it’s too difficult to manage during the week after work.
3. Babysitting – I babysat for a family in our neighborhood all summer from 6th grade through the end of high school. But don’t worry, I knew how to keep them occupied. See #2. We spent our days at the pool.
4. The Beach – Most summers we took a family vacation to Myrtle Beach. I remember a time we went with family friends and stayed in a house and other times I went with my cousin and stayed in a cool hotel and a time we stayed in a nice condo. I always looked forward to it.
5. Summer Camp – Starting in 4th grade, I always had some kind of camp to go to in the summer. I went to 4-H camp at that point and through middle school, and then cheerleading camp once I was in high school. I haven’t even thought about sending my girls to a camp yet!
5 Summer Memories from My Girls’ Childhoods:
1. No School – This one applies to today too. Summer means no school.
2. Comic Book Convention – With the exception of this year when we’ll be at my brother’s wedding, our summer family vacation normally involves a trip to the comic book convention near here. The girls still love it now. I hope they’ll still love it as they get older. I think they’ll always love any excuse to stay in a hotel.
3. Hilton Head – My girls spend at least one week in Hilton Head with my parents and their cousin every summer. I guess I’ll have to let Brinky go too one day, if I ever let him leave me.
4. Sleeping in – Up until Lee switched to staying at home a couple years ago, my girls still had to go to daycare in the summer. Even though they had lots of fun field trips, it still seemed like school most of the time because they still had to get up and leave when we left for work. I think one of their favorite things about summer at home is sleeping in!
5. Ice Cream Truck – I don’t even remember having an ice cream truck that came around when I was a kid, but we certainly have one now. Sometimes we turn up the TV when we hear the music from the van headed our way in the hopes our girls won’t hear it and start the frantic search for money. Usually one of them runs out to stop the van while the other looks for money. I think the sketchy ice cream van driver makes a lot of money for the 6 months of the year he deems summer from our neighborhood.