It’s hard for me to believe that Labor Day is almost here! As summer draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on summer memories.
What is your favorite summer memory? While many of us have common memories of summer, I suppose the answer to the question will vary, depending on when you grew up. Things seem different today than when I was a kid. Of course, we didn’t have much technology. Our kids laugh when we tell them that there were only 4 TV channels when we were growing up!
My sister and I were close in age, so we always had someone to play with. Some of my favorite memories are of playing with my sister and my cousins, running through the sprinkler in our grandmother’s backyard, trying to avoid being stung by wasps. We had some great times catching fireflies and putting them in Mason jars. We had contests to see who could catch the most.
When I think of my childhood summers, I think of family reunions and other get-togethers where we ate watermelon or made homemade ice cream. The kids took turns sitting on the ice cream freezer to hold it down, as the crank got harder and harder to turn. Since I was the oldest and biggest kid, I was usually the last to have a turn, but that meant that the ice cream was almost ready.
Speaking of ice cream, I think the favorite time of our summer weekday was when the ice cream man made his way to our street. We stood on the curb clutching our change, waiting for the truck to get to our house. Decisions, decisions – would we buy a Popsicle, Fudgesicle, Dreamsicle or push-up pop?
Childhood Summer MemoriesHow we spent our summer days growing up in the mid-1950's
I am so grateful to have photographs from my childhood, even if they are still loose in a box. I love looking through them, as I remember simpler times. We only had one camera, which was the old Brownie. The images from my childhood that I have included here were taken with that wonderful, old camera.
Fast-forward about 60 years, and we have lots of ways to capture and preserve our summer memories. The photographs that I have included from our Summer of 2016, spending time with our granddaughter, were taken with my iPhone, my little digital camera, and my professional camera, a Canon 5D Mark III. I just use whatever is handy when I want to capture the moment.
Summer Fun with Our GranddaughterFun with our sweet granddaughter this summer included taking "selfies". These images are definitely going in the yearbook! How are you preserving your summer memories? For our family, we compile a family yearbook with the “best of” the year photographs, so that we will all have them to look back on for years to come. It takes some time and planning, but it’s well worth the effort because the real value of preserving the memory is priceless. I will focus on how to do this in future blog posts. In the meantime, enjoy what’s left of your summer, and remember to capture some of those wonderful moments!