Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer Time In the City...

…and the weather is hot. Sunny Florida is just that. Sunny, hot, and humid. But I love it. I lived here all of my life, so I guess you could say I’m mostly used to it. I say mostly because high 90’s is pretty hard to be outside in for a long time.

Some of my best memories as a child were the times my parents would wake us up early in the morning and we’d grabbed our swimsuits and head to the beach. My dad would cook breakfast on the grill and mom would have sandwiches made for lunch. We’d spend the entire day playing in the water, building sandcastles, and trying to catch starfish.

Of course I would be covered in sunscreen because I burnt very easy. One year we stayed at the beach for a month and when everyone else was outside in the middle of the day, I would sit on the porch and read. Nancy Drew was my friend.

The coolest thing I remember doing during that trip was sleeping on the beach several nights. My brothers and sister and cousins (it was a really big house), spread out blankets and stared at the night sky. Back then the stars were easy to see and it was amazing. I can’t imagine doing that today or allowing my kids (even though they’re grown and I guess I couldn’t actually stop them), to do that. Back then we didn’t worry about crime like today.

We didn’t have a pool, but we had sprinklers and I can’t remember what it was called, but it was this swirling thing that when you connected the hose to it, it would stand up straight and swirl water around. And of course, who can forget the slip-n-slide.

We ran the neighborhood all day long and after dinner it would be time to sit outside with the family and play cards. My house always had family and friends over so it was full and there was lots to do.

Okay, one last memory. Homemade ice cream. Not the electric kind either. Hand turned, for seemed like hours. Your arm and shoulder would be so tired you weren’t sure you could make another turn. Then mom would say it ready, you can stop. Falling back on your bottom you sat and waited for the best ice cream in the world.

What about you? What summer memories are the best for you? Do you still do any of them?

WW’s and PD’s,


Brandy W said...

I only have a few summer memories and those involve the beach when we live in San Diego. Boogie boarding and standing at the water's edge letting the water wash over my feet while sinking further and further in. I love it.

I would love for my kids to have summer memories like yours though. I can't wait until we stop moving around and can make the good friends that come over with their kids.

Karen Lingefelt said...

When we were kids we ran through the sprinkler. I still wish I could do that today, if not for the watering restrictions!

And while we never made homemade ice cream, I do remember homemade popsicles out of frozen Kool-Aid.

Vicki said...

You'll have them Brandy, you guys are great parents. :)

Karen, popsicles our of Kool-Aid...they were the best. :)

PatriciaW said...

The beach. Playing in the back yard when it wasn't littered with cherries, picking at the sap drying on the maple trees. Mommy's garden. Learning to swim at the local public pool. Long jaunts to the library. Girl Scout sleepover camp.

Leigh Russell said...

Not much beach living in London, and certainly not as sunny as Florida! We used to play in the garden, and go to Italy for lovely beach holidays. Running through the sprinkler in the garden was fun.

If you're interested, the first in my series of crime thrillers is (finally!) being published in two weeks. You're welcome to join in my virtual book launch!

LKap said...

Summer for me was swim meets and riding my bike from sun up to sundown.
Oh those were the days ;-)

Vicki said...

Patricia, you had a cherrie tree??? I love them. I totally forgot about learning to swim at the public pool.

Vicki said...

Leigh - OMG, I'm so excited for you and will be checking it out...now.