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What I Learned From Childhood Summers

June 23, 2009

Today was the last day of school in my town, which marks the real first day of summer – my favorite season.  I want this summer to linger, to be filled with carefree moments and joy, like the summers of youth.  What made those childhood summers so special?  Simple things that transcend age:

  • Wear play clothes – shorts, tee shirts, tank tops.  Don’t confuse play clothes with work clothes.
  • Spend time outdoors everyday.
  • Drink lemonade.
  • Keep an endless supply of Popsicles in the freezer or better yet, home-made pops.
  • Ride a bike often and with no particular destination in mind.
  • Go to carnivals, at least one, and a state or county fair.
  • Swim in a natural body of water.
  • Catch fireflies or at least find some.
  • Walk barefoot on the grass as often as possible.
  • Watch the fireworks.
  • Read books for pleasure and keep a list.

This serves as my summer scorecard.  What’s yours?

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