Five Images of a Perfect Summer

This post was inspired by Mama’s Losin’ It!’s Writer’s Workshop.

When I started to think about this topic, I thought of how my ideas of a perfect summer have changed throughout my life.  How in my early to mid 20s the idea of hanging out on the beach, getting a fabulous tan and meeting a potential boyfriend was a pretty perfect image of a summer.  And now that I am a mother, my thoughts of a perfect summer revolve around what makes summer fun for my son. With our desires of perfection in a season changing as we age, I decided to go back to my own childhood for my five images of a perfect summer.

1. Playing, Playing, Playing!


The house I grew up in had a big backyard and front yard with lots of trees.  I was a fearless tree-climber and when I think back on it, wonder how I didn’t get myself killed, climbing as high as I could, on the thinnest branches I dared.  I used to play a lot with my brother, a year-and-a-half younger than me.  I remember playing a game called “Monkey”.  I was the Mama monkey and he was my baby.  We swung from trees and “ate” mud pies and weeds.

2. The Beach!


My mother grew up in Brooklyn and her parents were a member of Brighton Beach Baths beach and pool club.  She shared her love of the beach with us.  There were plenty to pick from along the Jersey Shore.  I loved walking along the beach collecting sea shells, and as I became older and bolder, riding the waves, holding on to my childhood best friend’s hand, screaming and laughing.  My parents took us to the beach on vacations and we also went to the beach during summer camp.

3. Television!

It wasn’t so much being able to stay up later to watch t.v., it was being able to watch the programs you missed when you were at school.  I liked getting up and watching t.v. before we were going to start our day.  Remember when we called old shows “reruns”?  Some of my favorites were being able to catch up on Gilligan’s Island, the cartoon and live-action show The Banana Splits and discovering Gidget! How cute was Sally Field?

4. Fairs and Festivals!

Summer was a time of county fairs and local festivals and I have lots of happy memories from riding the merry-go-round and beeping a horn in a car that went round and round with other cars and trucks, to being older and going on the more daring rides that were fast moving and dizzying.  I remember feeling deprived because my parents would only let us choose three rides, and yet now I do the same thing with my child!  And all of the food!  The sweets particularly stick in my mind (and to my teeth)…cotton candy and candy apples especially.

5. Me Time!

My favorite part of summer was having the freedom to just be me.  No school pressures, no schedules, no homework!  I was an avid reader and loved being able to read anything I liked! When I got into high school I really resented the “Summer Reading” requirements.  I didn’t need anyone pushing me into reading!

Summer was my favorite season growing up and even though I am now an adult, despite the heat and humidity, extra laundry from towels and bathing suits, and now being in charge of my own child’s summer, the wonderful memories I have back then still make summer my favorite time of year.  I still get sad when it’s “back to school” time, even though I am not the one going back any more!

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

9 Responses to Five Images of a Perfect Summer

  1. Tarunita says:

    Loved your perfect summer post!

    I am your newest follower
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Deanna says:

    I would love a little bit of summer ‘me time’ right now! I looked forward to reading whatever I wanted too.

    Stopped by from Mama Kat’s!

  3. I love this! I have many of the same summer memories, minus the luxury of a nearby beach!

    Thank you for visiting today!
    .-= Heather – Hopelessly Flawed´s last blog ..Writer’s Workshop – My childhood neighborhood =-.

  4. Christy says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog earlier today, and leaving such a nice comment on my post.

    I came by to see what writing prompt you chose from the workshop.

    I love the way you have captured ‘vintage summer’ here! Your words and photos brought back so many similar memories. A pleasure to read!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I love your list (and accompanying photos). Thanks for stopping by my blog. And funny you should ask that question about the Jersey Devil… because I wrote a post in July ( The Summer of Bad Hair and Other Dastardly Deeds) accusing my daughter of being the Jersey Devil. Ha!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Summer 2010- The Very Abridged Edition =-.

  6. ElizOF says:

    Finally making my rounds to catch up with everyone on the writing assignments. I love your choices and actually used this prompt for my blogger blog assignment. I submitted two blog posts…
    We shared one item from the 5 Images – beaches! Your Me time was a terrific image too. Did you draw it? It’s a great drawing.
    I stopped by from MamaKat’s Writing Workshop; I wrote on Unconditional Love and could use some feedback. Thank you!
    Have a great weekend!
    .-= ElizOF´s last blog ..For Love’s Sake- What Does Unconditional Love Mean To You =-.

  7. Aging Mommy says:

    What a lovely post. I envy you growing up by the coast. You conjure up such charming images of your childhood and remind me of things long forgotten from my own childhood too.
    .-= Aging Mommy´s last blog ..You Capture Outside- At The Beach =-.

  8. cambria says:

    Great post! Found you through Mama Kat’s workshop! Also follow on twitter. Looking forward to reading more.
    .-= cambria´s last blog ..vivid memories of a color blind earless man =-.

  9. Great post and pics….when you wrote “what makes summer fun for my son” I immediately liked you! What a great mum you are..

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