Ode To Childhood Summers

When you’re a kid, summer is the most magical time of the year. It beats the falling leaves in September and the beautiful snowy days in December. It even beats your birthday… Okay, maybe not.

When I was growing up, I spent every summer at a day camp. It was a magical place with pottery classes, archery, nature walks, new friends, and more jam sandwiches than you could possibly eat in your lifetime (but we tried our very best). I had the most amazing counsellors and am luckily still in touch with two of them.

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One of my counsellors, Anna, was also my Math tutor back in elementary school (and I really needed it!). Now she’s got a family of her own, including her super smart 11-year-old son, Owen. Last week, Anna texted me and said Owen saw some beautiful flowers on a walk and took some photos, and would I share them on my blog? Of course I said yes! I think these are amazing and they really evoke the magic of summertime: that feeling that you have nowhere else in the world that you have to be and nothing else that you have to do. You can spend an afternoon walking in the park, looking at flowers. You can read in your backyard for hours and hours. You can re-watch one of your all-time favourite shows.

Even if now you’re all grown up and summers still mean hard work and dentist appointments and paying rent and buying groceries (okay, buying groceries is tons of fun… and the hard work is too), you can still have that summer feeling. You can still remember being a kid and feeling like this entire season was all yours, ready for you to do what you wanted. I know I’m going to spend the rest of this summer feeling that way.

Photo credit: Owen! Don’t you love these photos?

How did you spend summers as a kid? Did you go to camp? What does summer mean to you now?

Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at www.ahealthystory.com. She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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4 comments

  1. I was a weird kid, and fall has always been my favorite season of the year! 😛 But I did love summer. Weekly playdates with my best friend, taking swimming lessons, going to the zoo and picnicking in our backyard are some of my favorite memories. 🙂

    I’m still in college, so I *kind of* have summers off. Meaning that at least I don’t have to worry about paying bills and taking care of my own place yet! My favorite parts of summer nowadays are farmer’s markets, hiking, and taking naps… I’ve aged, haha!

    1. Yes! Fall is definitely my all-time favourite season. Those sound like some really awesome memories!

      Those sound like amazing summer activities though so it’s all good!

  2. My family always went camping together by the beach when we were growing up. It was always so nice and relaxing and we have so many great memories and funny stories from our trips.

    1. That sounds so amazing! It’s so great that you have that memory and can look back on it 🙂

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