Summer in Arkansas is HOT!!! It isn’t unusual for the temperatures to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for several days in a row. When I was a kid, after I was about 10 years old, my sister, brother and I stayed at home during the day while both of my parents worked. This wasn’t an unusual thing at that time. We lived in a small town where we knew virtually everyone in town and we lived only a couple of blocks from my cousins home where my aunt was at home if we needed her for anything. We would sleep late and then have fun for most of the day. We would ride our bikes all over town or walk to the library. I have always spent a lot of time reading! Sometimes we would go to my cousins and spend time with them.
My sister and I spent many, many hours playing with our “Barbie” dolls, although I don’t think we ever had a real Barbie doll. But we didn’t seem to care about that! We would be fashion designers and make them clothes and we would play with them like they were the Sims in the computer games of today. We would imagine their whole lives and use my little brother’s cars to move them from place to place.
We had a swing set and we would spend time swinging. We would watch our favorite tv shows and when I was older we would play video games (ATARI and Nintendo). I was the family Pac-man champion!
On the weekends, we would have barbeques or go camping or fishing. We also spent many hot afternoons on the weekends driving in the family car. Often with no particular destination in mind, we would just get in the car and go for a DRIVE!
Summer was the time when we didn’t have to go to School! It was wonderful!
Week #28 – Summer Week 28: Summer. What was summer like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.
This challenge runs from Saturday, July 9, 2011 through Friday, July 15, 2011.
52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.
Originally Published October 24, 2011