The other day, while eating ice cream at Dairy Twist, I asked my husband what activities in his youth were specific to summer. Which was actually a silly question because he grew up in California. Summer didn't mean quite the same for him as it did for me; we had the school's-out-for-summer in common but that was about it. Here in the Midwest, summer was special - we only had a few months of warm weather.
There are activities which I don't have photos to illustrate - like how I used to sit on the front porch of our house, with a glass of lemonade and some saltines, reading books in the shade. Playing kick-the-can with the the kids in the neighborhood, and sometimes with our parents which was quite fun! Riding my bike for hours in the streets or in the parks alone or with friends. Swim lessons and then swimming every year at the local pool (there is a great photo of me in a swim show but it's at my Mom's house -I'll have to find it and scan that one). Eating soft-serve ice cream! Oh, and I just remembered - annual church picnics out in the country by a lake most every summer. And our street would have a block party once in awhile.
We would go on vacation - either a few days to visit relatives in Pittsburgh, or a day trip to an amusement park:
|1964 at Cedar Point, and I absolutely loved my cowgirl hat!|
And I still love carousels.
We visited friends in Erie, PA and this is where my dislike for beaches started - I got sand in my swimsuit and we drove all the way home at night, and I was so uncomfortable. So very uncomfortable.
|Also 1964 and the last time you'll see a photo of me smiling at the beach. |
With my sister D and brother C
|1966 with three siblings (C, D and brotherM) and five cousins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - I'm the one with the ponytails.|
As teenagers, we were allowed to drive an hour or so away to go to a man-made lake/water park called Holiday Sand,
and most of the time I would take my younger siblings with me.
We teens also went to amusement parks (Cedar Point or Geauga Lake), festivals, and outdoor concerts (usually at Blossom Music Center
) often times without adult supervision. It was a much freer time to be young back then. We always had money in our pockets because we always had some sort of job or another. For instance, I helped with the family newspaper route, babysat (which I hated), worked at the farmers market and a golf course.
Young adulthood - well that is a whole 'nother story. Maybe for another post. But for now - I have had my soft-serve ice cream this summer and have ridden my bike (maybe not for miles and miles, though). I have yet to go to a festival or an outdoor concert (even though every Friday here in town they have concerts in the square) or a county fair. I didn't start going to county fairs until after my son was born - it wasn't something we did growing up as we lived in a suburb very close to the city - but it has become a must-do summer activity. Which reminds me - we once stayed at a farm in Pennsylvania for our vacation and I absolutely loved it and named a newborn calf Elizabeth - have to find that photo, too.
The county fair is coming up soon, and I'll definitely be going with Robert. But I won't be going to the beach.
|1990 - bored to death and still worried about sand in my swimsuit. |
But the suit was vintage!
And I was inspired to post this photo by THIS post of Melanie's .