Friday, May 28, 2010

This week’s flashback is all about Summer! Hop over by Linda at Mocha with Linda and check out the prompt, write your memories, then share them with us by linking up. Have fun!

I was always ready for summer, ready to get out of school. My mom worked so I stayed with my aunt and her kids until I was old enough to be on my own. The best part of summer we always spent 2 weeks in Arkansas, usually in July! Always a lot of fun!

We had a small pool when I was younger, that I had a lot of fun in. It was probably 3 ft, big enough to get wet.

I was 19 before I knew how to swim. I took lessons at the Y with some cousins; it was a lot of fun. I am not a big fan of swimming, I usually will not swim if it is over my head, but I am ok on boats. I usually always wear my life jacket.

I remember attending Bible School one summer when I was a kid, and it was not a good experience. Maybe that is why I was so involved with planning and putting VBS together when my daughter was younger. I wanted it better for her.

We had a small library in the town I grew up in. I think I remember going to it one time with a cousin. I frequent our library quite often they know me by name.

We did have an ice cream man during the summer. It was a good size truck; he even sold hot dogs and chips. Those were good memories, saving your change and making your own purchase. Made you feel like one of the big people.

During the summer we usually spent the weekends camping, at different state parks. It was a lot of fun and a lot of good memories.

Every once in awhile we would stop at Dog Patch on the way to Arkansas. It was fun. Does anyone remember Dog Patch? It is so sad it is closed now. On our way to Arkansas we pass where it was. It is sad to see all the buildings and things just wasting away and falling apart.

We did take one vacation other than Arkansas when I was a junior in High School. There were 6 of us. My mom, dad, brother Tom and his wife, then my nephew Jimmy (James’ son) took a 2-week trip out west. We saw it all. It was quite a trip, camping in about 15 states.

Any of the Beach Boys songs make me think of summer. I used to walk to McDonalds with my cousins every chance we got. It was a main road – 4 lanes, and we would wave to all the truck drivers. We thought we were so cool actually we were just lucky! This song reminds me of summer the most!

This was a fun flashback, a little all over the place, but fun! Memories are good, even the bad ones. It reminds you how you got to where you are!

until next time... nel


  1. Those are indeed fun memories. Can you imagine letting a kid walk like that to a fast-food place, waving at the truck drivers?! It was such a more innocent and safe time!

  2. What sweet summer memories...thanks for sharing!

  3. Fun memories...childhood summers felt like such innocent times. I was all over the place too...I just picked one thing to write about because I could go on forever about summertime memories!

    Have a nice weekend!

  4. Sweet summer memories, for sure. Camping and the ice cream truck--it's hard to beat those! I remember the days when children could walk anywhere without fear, too...those were the good ole' days!

  5. How can you NOT think summer when you hear the Beach Boys? Nothing says summer like Beach Boys and homemade ice cream!

  6. Loved reading about your summer memories, Nel! Oh and "Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys! Wow! What a memory! :-)
    Hope you are having a great weekend with family and friends! ((HUGS))

  7. Camping in state parks and seeing so much of the country--wonderful opportunities!

  8. We're not campers over here, but we do love time away in the summer, as long as there is indoor plumbing and a warm bed to sleep in.

    I have good memories of VBS and the icecream truck. Can't wait to spend the summer with my family; we're moving, you know, so some of our relaxation is out the window at this point; still as yet, it seems like a grand adventure to be on together. I'll keep you posted...


  9. I love collecting and musing through memories, especially those dating back to the 50s & 60s. Sounds like we had a similar upbringing, and relish many of the same things.


  10. I like your reminiscences; you're good at it. You should write a book, it will be a hit.

  11. I so enjoy a jaunt down memory lane and at 64 I have plenty of them.

    Dorothy from grammology