I was born in 1961 in a suburban area and the memories of those summers will always make me grateful for being a child during a time when kids were allowed to play unsupervised in the neighborhood from sun up to sun down. At a time when we could get a softball team together in 10-minutes and shut down the street to play on those warm summer evenings with our parents cheering from their porches. Those were the days when we would literally strap metal wheels to our shoes and skate around the neighborhood without being covered head to toe with protective gear…yet somehow we survived. Back when a kid was allowed to stay in the car when the mechanic put it up on the hydraulic lift and you could pretend to fly and it was legal for all us kids to ride in the bed of a pickup truck on the way to the drive-in! Parents didn’t worry about giving us permission to walk 6-blocks to the drugstore so we could spend our allowance on candy for movie night. In the 60’s, a neighborhood really was a community. Parents knew each other, kids all played together and looked after each other, no one ever worried about where we were because wherever it was; someone knew us. Ah, what a great time to be a kid!
Back then summer lasted forever! What better time of year for a kid? Summertime meant; campfires and sleeping outdoors, days at a time in a neighbor’s pool and endless drives to The Boardwalk, and riding our bikes to the empty school yard just to swing in the playground for what seemed like hours. When I was a kid, the only time I spent inside during the daylight hours was to eat and sleep! Sad to think so many kids of today are spending their beautiful summer vacation inside playing video games, wandering malls and text messaging. So if you are reading this and can make an impact on a young person’s summer by exposing them to the simple joys of being outside…you’ve given them memories they will cherish and pass on to future generations!
I was browsing Greeting Card Universe and found these cards to really speak about what those summers of my past meant to me…ENJOY!
Artists from Left to Right: Maria Dryfhout, Joanne Mariol, Robert Mellon, Norma Nelson, Corrie Kuipers, Jason Trivett, Charlotte Yealey, Hot Rod Cards, Lj Maxx, Nancy Mink