Most Beautiful of Life’s Seasons

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“Childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons.”  ~Author Unknown

Summer vacation has officially started for our family.  School is out.  There have already been a few dips in our neighbor’s pool (thanks, neighbors!!). We are heading up to Wisconsin later this week for a couple of days on Lake Michigan. We are in full planning mode for our road trip to Pennsylvania at the end of the summer. And (miracle of all miracles!) the vegetables I planted are actually thriving.

Stasha at The Good Life gave us the topic of “10 Summer Memories” this week. Many of my most treasured childhood memories are those from the summer so coming up with the list was pretty easy.  Few things represent such unfettered innocence and carefree pleasure as summertime as a child. And now, as a parent, I have the opportunity to relive the summer days of old while seeking out ways to provide lasting memories for my own children.

Perhaps Sam Keen said it best: “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” 

Favorite Childhood Summer Memories

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  1. Swimming at the community outdoor pool after dinner when the air was still sweetly warm and the sun was dipping down below the horizon.
  2. Picking strawberries and eating more fresh off the vine than I put into the basket.
  3. Trips to the touristy outdoor waterpark.
  4. Boat rides with my grandpa, whether an exhilarating race on the speed boat or a leisurely jaunt on the pontoon boat.
  5. Annual family vacations to California each August when we would drive up the coast from L.A. to San Francisco.
  6. Running through the tall corn stalks of my parents’ vegetable patch.
    Me, enjoying summer.
  7. Sleeping backwards in my bed so that my head was closest to the window, willing myself to breath slowly and trying to forget how wickedly hot it was (my parents didn’t install central air conditioning until after I left for college).
  8. Running through the sprinkler.
  9. Dining al fresco.
  10. Each and every one of my birthdays.

What are your favorite childhood summer memories?

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