Writing Prompt #59: “52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge” (Week 21)

Week #21: Things You Like About Summer.

For the longest time, I always proclaimed that summer was my favorite season. It makes sense – My birthday is in August, and I have many fond memories of being out of school and enjoying family vacations.

As an adult, the heat and humidity here in Virginia is very annoying, and my favorite seasons have shifted to the spring and fall.

But, I’m grateful for all the summers that I have had on this Earth. I remember numerous trips to Florida to see both sets of grandparents, and friends of my mom and my dad. All the amusement park visits – Disney World, Sea World, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and Tampa Bay, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, Hersheypark, Kings Dominion, and a variety of aquariums and museums. We went to West Virginia several times to see my mom’s extended family. Every summer until I was 16, we went to New York City to go back to the hospital where I was born, sight-see, and visit Mom’s cousin Sherri. Several of our friends had beach houses in North Carolina as well.

My church hosted Russian children for three weeks almost every summer, starting in 1999. It was so much fun – They always loved the beach, going to the mall, swimming, and exploring what our small part of the U.S. had to offer. They were absolutely fascinated by the ocean and swimming pools. They begged to go back to Virginia Beach multiple times – I think one year we took them five or six times in the three weeks they were with us. When summer starts to arrive, I always think of them.

Summer also makes me think of fresh-cut grass, watermelon, BBQ, being around water a lot, swimming, riding my bike, roller-blading, endless library trips, traveling, the beach, going to the movies, Super Soakers, water balloon fights, and catching fireflies.

This summer, I hope to make more library trips, buy our own bikes and take many rides around the neighborhood with Al, take a few days off from work to enjoy the outdoors, watch the fireflies, and listen to the crickets.

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

10 thoughts on “Writing Prompt #59: “52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge” (Week 21)

  1. I wish you were closer! I have a bike of which I want to get rid!

    I remember my library used to have reading contests. You’d check out books &, when you returned them, you’d get a stamp. If you read 100, you’d get a prize – something small, but it was still the highlight of my summer!

    • Me too! I’m sure you’ll find a good home for it.

      Our library did that too! It was so much fun. I also forgot about all the summer camps!

      • Of course, the main reason I wish you were closer is because you seem like an awesome person with whom to hang out.

        I’m sure I could get rid of the bike easier if I were to actually try. LOL

        I had a lot of trouble with summer camps, personally. I was an overweight, awkward kid, & got home-sick really easily. But, the library program was the best!

      • You’re so sweet! Thanks!

      • Ditto!!! 🙂

  2. Wishing you a wonderful summer, Laura Beth! Being outdoors is definitely a goal of mine this summer as well. The bike riding sounds amazing! I bet it will be loads of fun (:
    I haven’t forgotten about you!! I promise! We just got back from our road trip (: I’ll email you soon!

  3. I just love the overall atmosphere.

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