This time of year holds many special memories for me. Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and other monumental events in my adult life. In light of our ongoing staycation (read about that here), I thought I would share with you a special summer memory from my childhood.
When summer approaches, it always conjures up so many memories from the past. Just the scent of sweet mimosa trees, sugary sweet snow cones and chlorine transport me to summer in the nineties, when life was simple and sweet. A die hard summer fan as a child, I spent the last few months of school counting down the days to the moment vacation began! I knew the first thing I would do when that final hour of school finally ended, and I was free!
Plans for summer vacation usually involved all the adventures I would partake in, and it was always something involving the outdoors. I was definitely a tomboy and summer was the perfect chance to spend every waking moment outside, getting dirty.
One of my best friends lived down the road, so we were attached at the hip most times of the year, but especially in the summer. Crazy ideas where constantly in our repertoire, like how we would make money each summer in order to fund our snow cones, trips to the skating rink, and the toys we couldn’t live without.
Jobs we pursued included selling fresh eggs (which her dad ended up buying even though they were from his chickens 🙂 ), yard work, and most notably our annual kool-aid stand! We spent many days preparing for this event, making sure a great sign was prepared and good supplies were well stocked. As you can see from the old, poor quality picture below, we were ready!
This was a big money maker in the summer of 1993. For ten cents a cup, we sold ice cold kool-aid with flavors of cherry and blue raspberry. We always started bright and early to maximize our profit. I remember this day well because we sold out by the afternoon, and made a total of $5.00 (50 cups!) which was just what we needed to buy snacks at the skating rink the next day!
Every time summer rolls around, I think of this sweet time and feel blessed to always have these childhood memories close by. My friend and I are still close today, although our summers look a little different now 🙂
Do you have sweet summer memories that make you smile? Isn’t it amazing how memories are so full of scents and emotions, almost making you feel like you are right back in the moment?
We are halfway through our summer vacation this year, you can see more of our staycation on instagram! Have a wonderful week and I hope you are enjoying making summer memories 🙂