Thursday, June 19, 2008

SP12 Question of the Week #2

As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?

Hmm... good question. I guess most of all, like everyone else, I looked forward to the freedom that summer vacation brought. Being able to stay up late and sleep (a little) late (my mom never let us sleep til the ungodly hour that my teen and preteens do!). But I think most of all, my fondest memories are of summer evenings outside. Staying outside in the dark was a HUGE thing to us when we were small. Seeing fireflies and playing tag in the darkened yard, or roasting marshmallows over the leftover coals from a barbeque almost made it worth the zillions of mosquito bites we'd end up with.

Outdoors is a magical place as a kid... especially after sundown. I can remember how, on really special evenings, Mom & Dad would load us up in the station wagon and take us to the drive-in. Then, of course, you had the double thrill of being outside at night AND being outdoors in your pajamas. (all the kids would come to the drive-in dressed in pajamas because we were invariably asleep by the time the family got home at midnight or so, and it made it easier to carry us in and tuck us into bed)

Alas, there aren't many drive-ins left any more. Fortunately for us there's one left in Wellfleet, on Cape Cod. We usually rent a place at the Cape for a week during the summer, and we make absolutely sure that we get the kids to the drive-in one night while we're there. Because every kid should grow up knowing the magic of being out late on summer nights.

1 comment:

Polly said...

I lived at the beach during the summer!

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