Nostalgia Thursday #3 – Summer Childhood Memories

One of my favorite memories as a child was cookouts in my parents back yard. If I close my eyes I can still smell the charcoal from dad’s grill, the freshly cut grass that he mowed that morning because he always has taken great pride in his lawn. I can remember the taste of the water from the outdoor water hose. These memories bring back so many happy memories for me. I remember hiding around the corner of the house waiting for my brother so that I could soak him with the water hose that I had just drank from. I would always think I was being clever, but he always knew I was there and would even yell.,”I’m going out with food, sis, don’t spray me!” Ha ha.

My dad made the best burgers, and my mom made the best broccoli cauliflower salad. Neighbors would come with dishes, friends of mine and my brothers would come over, my aunt & uncle and sometimes cousins would be there. My aunt & mom would play badminton until 1 o’ clock in the morning, using my dad’s flood light on his storage building to light up the back yard. I would sit on the screened in back porch listening to music and watching the competitive rivalry between sisters. It always had my brother and I laughing.


Now that summer is close by I am itching for a cookout. I wish we lived closer to family, but my family is spread all over the place. I miss these days so much!

What are your favorite summer childhood memories?

Love & life lessons,


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3 Responses to Nostalgia Thursday #3 – Summer Childhood Memories

  1. Laura Beth says:

    Most of my summers were spent in Florida, since both sets of grandparents lived there. But, we also went on other trips. We went to the Midwest to see my aunts, uncles, and cousins. We traveled to Seattle and British Columbia, Canada, for a week in 1998 when my dad had to go out for a work conference.

    My family also participated in a Russian children’s program from the time I was 9-years-old through my high school years, where a group of Russian kids would come to host families within our church for three weeks. We had so much fun! Most of these kids had never seen the ocean, so they were always in the water or begging to go back. Several of the host families had pools, so that was easy. We also took them to restaurants, malls, museums, Busch Gardens, Water Country, Kings Dominion, and more. It was a ton of work – My parents typically created the calendar of events for every single summer – but so incredibly worth it. We’re still friends with the long-time interpreter, Valentina, and her family.

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