As a child, my family did not go on
vacations to far away places like Florida or Arizona.
Nor did I take dance lessons, gymnastics lessons, or play sports on a
team. Compared to the lifestyle of
a typical child today, including my own children, my childhood would appear
quite boring. However, I have fond
memories of the good times I had, and I am making sure my children will have the
same types of memories. In
particular, I remember warm summer evenings when I was about 10 years old. On some evenings, the neighborhood kids would play together;
on other evenings, I would amuse myself at home (sometimes with the help of mom
When the neighborhood kids got together, we usually played kickball in
the street. Teams would be divided and small piles of leaves or rocks
would be gathered to create the bases. As
cars came by, we split into groups on each side of the street and prayed our
bases didn’t get swept away from the car passing by. We argued over outs and fouls, and laughed when someone’s
shoe came flying off as they kicked the ball.
There were even a few times I didn’t get called in for dinner, and
played until dusk. That was an
occasional treat, as my mother and father usually stuck by our household
routines, regardless of what else was happening around us.
There were times when I stayed home and practiced my gymnastics over and
over and over—the cart wheels, hand stands, and walk overs (which I could
never get up from!) Mom and dad
would sit on the front porch watching me as they talked quietly between
themselves (what did they talk about?) They’d
rate my moves and gently tell me to keep my legs straight as they lovingly
The very special times, though, were when we sat on the porch and played
hearts. We competed with each other
in a fun way and laughed over our silly mistakes and tricky plays. I can still
picture this scene in my mind vividly, and it always brings a smile to my face.
How can you build these memories with your families, either with your own
children, nieces, nephews, neighborhood children, even as a couple, or with a
close friend? It is actually easier
than you may think (just three easy steps), and there is a tremendous benefit
for you as well.
Step 1: Find the Time or Create the Time
Step 2: Are There any Free Evenings, Mornings, or Afternoons?
That, you say? What Do you Do? Here
are a few suggestions to get you started.
Warm Summer Evenings can be in your life too. Just thinking about it makes me feel happy, secure, at peace. Slow down; take a break from the World. You know the adult phrase: “I wish someone would tell me to take a nap”…Well I’m telling you to take a break. Try these three simple steps once during the month, and once the following month. I can hear you laughing already…have fun!
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