I love summer time! As long as I can remember summer was my favorite season. I’m not sure if it was because there was no school – as I really, really did not like school – but summer was always a very relaxing and carefree time for me.
I lived in Concord Massachusetts and it had a great recreation program that provided an organized summer playground (like a day camp) program. There was staff and supervision for all the children along with organized activities – sports, crafts, and field trips– as well as plenty of free time to just play. In addition, we were bussed to the local pond (Thoreau’s Walden Pond) for swimming lessons. It was great fun!
Every weekday morning, off my sister and I would go to the playground. We would either walk or ride our bikes – it was about a mile. Can you imagine letting kids do that today? We walked or rode our bikes four times a day to and from the playground – morning and afternoon. Once a week, usually on Friday afternoon, we would each get a dime so we could stop at the store and buy a Popsicle on the way home.
My family lived on Main Street and my house had a huge, screened in front porch. Very often my Mother would serve lunch and dinner on the porch. It was cooler — there was no central air conditioning! My Dad worked in a grocery store and would get home around 6 or 6:30 in the evening and when he got home he would pile us in the car and take us for a swim at the local pond. It was great fun on a hot, sticky night to go swimming and have this one to one time with my Dad. Very often this swimming trip also included a stop at the local ice cream stand. By the time we got home we were all cooled off and ready for bed!
My parents did not spend time chauffeuring us around to various places to keep us amused as the parents today seem to do. Looking back on those years life seemed simpler than it is today. I was not pre-programmed or scheduled to do things throughout the day or week. My time was pretty loosely put together. I played, had fun, but nothing was overly expensive or organized.
Looking back on my summe’s as a kid it is no wonder that I fondly remember those times. I still enjoy an occasional Popsicle, sitting on the front porch in the evening, going for a swim in a pond in the early evenings (particular on a very warm summer evening) and then stopping for an ice cream! A great way to end a perfect summer day.