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Everyone looks forward to summer, but few get as excited about it as kids in school. Especially younger kids. When I was little, summer seemed to last for ages. I’ve filled my memories with the great experiences that you no longer get to enjoy as responsibilities take control of your life.
Here are some of my fondest memories from my childhood summers.
1: End of Year Pool Party
My neighborhood had a community pool. On the last day of school every year, the pool would hold a party for the elementary school children. It seemed so much like the pool parties you would see in 90’s teen movies, with the DJ on the balcony of the rec center. Of course, the pool parties were much more wholesome then those in 90’s teen movies.
My friends and I would always rush home after school to change and get ready for the party. It always felt like the official start of summer, and I was sad when I grew too old to go.
2: Building Forts
To a child, a small patch of forest is like an entirely different universe. I used to spend days with the other kids on the street in the woods behind our house, looking for the perfect place to build a fort. We would scout for the ideal rocks and plants to “decorate” our fort with.
In my mind, this place was full of mystery and magic. I remembered steep hills, huge boulders. The creek that ran through the forest was deep and it was treacherous to cross.
Not long ago, I visited the place where we spent so many summer days. The “boulders” were rocks. The creek was barely two feet across, and even less deep. Even though everything seemed to shrink, it still held some of that summer magic for me.
As a kid, the only way to get around is your bike. I loved bike riding. I would ride for what seems like hours. Even though we couldn’t go very far, my friends and I would ride the same streets over and over again. It was exciting to have the freedom to go to a friend’s house without parental supervision. It felt very adult and very exciting.
During the long summer days, we were limited only by how far we could peddle. It was during those days that we discovered new streets and new patches of forest. These explorations took hours, and I found little areas of magic that I just drive by now.
4: Flashlight Tag:
One of my favorite aspects of summer was that you had no real bed time. Because I didn’t have to wake up for school in the morning, I could stay up as late as I wanted. Which meant that my friends and I could play outside at night. We would wait anxiously for the sun to set so that we could get our flashlights out and play tag.
In hindsight, flashlight tag is kind of an inefficient game. If someone ‘tags’ you from behind, you can’t feel it. To my adult mind, that seems very open to cheating. But I don’t remember any of us having issues with that. There was an unwritten code, that you play fair or you don’t get to play at all. Maybe that’s something we adults should hold onto.
Summer is still great, but nothing can compete with the magic it had when we were kids. These are the memories that as adults, we can forget, especially if we don’t have children to remind us of them. Soon, I will dig up some old photos and add them onto my Memfy Timeline, so that as I continue to grow older, and I sell my old toys and bike at yard sales, I will not lose the memories of my childhood.
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