Last week when I had the kids out back in the sprinkler I got to thinking about how children love the water – even freezing cold water – and how much fun I had as a child playing in the sprinkler, swimming and then I remembered the Slip and Slide. Although in my head I remember it as the Banana Slide and it had a banana attachment for the end of the hose but still that long yellow tarp.
I remember laughing, sliding all over it, randomly hurting ourselves if we slipped to hard or tried to be smart and slide standing up. I remember the little pieces of grass all over our bodies, especially if dad had recently cut the grass.
Then I was thinking about other summer fun. Roasting marshmallows by a warm fire. Playing hide and seek in the corn field between the stalks. Riding our bikes to our grandfather’s farm. The Drive-In movies. Before the days when we became too-cool to play or when we reached the age our summer was filled with a part time job, the relaxing days of summer were care free and full of childish fun.
But oh how I remember the laughing. It was so much fun. Now, as I watch my children enjoy the spoils of summer, I am satisfied knowing they are building their own memories. I hope they remember how the grass felt on their feet too.
What are some of your favourite summer memories that make you smile?