SUMMER IS FAST APPROACHING ITS END. HERE ARE SOME FAVORITE MEMORIES OF SUMMERS PAST. 🌞🌜✨

Some of this you've heard before, but summertime is my favorite time and always has been.
  1. FIREWORKS
  2. BETTER, MORE NOSTALGIC FIREWORKS ONE CHILDHOOD MEMORY I WOULD GO BACK AND RELIVE
  3. BASICALLY AN EXCUSE TO RELIST MY OWN SUMMERTIME LIST I THINK IT'S TIME
  4. SENSES OF SUMMERTIME SUMMER VIBES
  5. CAMPING
    With my family in Michigan, with my Girl Scout troop at the free campground at Stonelick Lake, with my friends at East Fork. Everything is easier when you're out in the woods with people you love. Even though this year it was just me and my parents, I still went, and we still had a fantastic time.
  6. CRUISING
    I worked as a waitress at Frisch's Big Boy and my boyfriend worked in the dish room and we would close together late at night. Then we'd stop at UDF and grab a few Clearly Canadians and roll down the windows and go for a night drive in the country. I had to be at work at my nanny job at 8 AM, but I never regretted cruising under the stars.
  7. CRUISING-PART 2
    On a Friday or Saturday night kids would take their cars to the Eastgate Biggs and drive down Eastgate Bvld and back. Not racing, essentially they just drove in a big circle, but if you wanted to find someone, you knew where to go.
  8. NO AIR CONDITIONING
    We didn't get air conditioning in our house until I was maybe 11 or 12 years old but when it got really hot my mom would have us get in our underwear or bathing suits and she'd put a sheet on the living room floor and another one on top of us and she'd turn on this big gray double box fan and read to us or have us watch PBS until we fell asleep.
  9. BABYSITTING
    I have three younger siblings and when we were young my mom also babysat my three cousins and the two neighbor girls. Yes, that's nine kids. We had a big station wagon and seatbelt/car seat rules were not quite what they are now, so she'd load us all in and we went everywhere as this giant herd of children. The zoo(back when it was .50 to get in), the lake for Red Cross swimming lessons, the old Natural History Museum before they moved it.
  10. KINGS ISLAND
    Is a popular amusement park here. When we got older we bought season passes, but when we were young we usually just went one time, a kind of end of summer blowout that we looked forward to all year. My dad would ride the roller coasters with me and my brother because my mom was terrified of heights, and we'd get blue ice cream and late at night we'd get fried mushrooms and funnel cake. No matter how rainy or hot it was my parents would stick out the whole day with our whiny butts.
  11. SLEEPOVERS
    My mom never said no to a sleepover in summertime. No matter how many kids were at our house she'd always say yes if we wanted to include someone else. She'd make us big trays of cinnamon toast for breakfast and if we wanted to extend it to a 2 night sleepover we'd just wait until after dad went to work to ask and we'd be allowed.
  12. GRILLING
    When I was married my husband and I would play Memorial Day every week in the summer. We'd grill steak and chicken and burgers and brats and hot dogs and make cake and pasta salad and potato salad every Saturday night after we did yard work. Then we'd have leftovers all week and no one had to cook or clean much so we could enjoy our summer nights.
  13. BEING NEIGHBORLY
    I lived in a townhouse with my three kids for a few years when I was separated from my husband and the neighbors and I would pull out card tables and citronella candles and drink and play cards and talk every weekend night all summer long. Everyone knew it was party time and whoever got home the earliest on Friday night would setup. Our townhouse backed up to a park and all our kids would play together out back.
  14. NO TALKING
    One summer I was on an extended leave from my job for a bad case of laryngitis. I lost my voice for several months. I still paid for daycare on Thursdays though and my husband and I would go drinking at a bar down on the river in the afternoons and then go sober up at the new aquarium. This was not the most responsible adult thing to do, but we had so much fun that summer, and it was a nice break from all the young parent responsibility.
  15. THIS SUMMER
    I thought all the kids were going to have their own places this summer, but it turned out they came home for a little while. I know we probably won't all live under the same roof again, so I've been enjoying listening to the talk and hang out with each other. They bonded over Pokemon Go and spent a few nights sitting up all night on the deck together. The boys helped Domino clean her room and load her stuff when she moved out last week and it's bittersweet to see them growing up.
  16. THIS SUMMER IS COMING
    And everyone is gone and things are different. I'm different. So many good things have happened this year, but I'm feeling stuck and off and ready to burst some days. I want the lazy sun and the happy heart and the contentment that summer brings and some days it's so close I can almost grasp it, but I'm worried that as the years race on that feeling is going to be more and more elusive. Maybe the feeling is still there and I'm the elusive one.