Summer Memories

June 4, 2012

I’m sitting here by the pool in my bathing suit still drying off from my swim. The boy, Little One and I had our lunch right here at this shady table on our pool deck.

I wanted to write a recap of my experience at my first blog conference at She Con in Orlando two weekends ago.

But now, sitting here, in the midst of enjoying a nice Summer day, I decided to join Stasha instead and share with you some of my Summer memories!!!

These are 10 memories that came to me as I was thinking about summers gone by…

1) I’m six or seven, sitting in the grass opposite our house, in my shorts and sandals enjoying a wedge of fresh, cool watermelon that someone, the neighbor maybe, had somehow gotten his hands on, juice dripping all over my hands, legs, shirt and spitting out seeds. (At the time, I lived in communist controlled East-Germany and a watermelon was a treasure. I still remember how excited and happy we were each Summer for that one wedge… I still love watermelon.)

2) Around the same age, walking into town to the ice-cream shop that only opened it’s doors during the Summer. We took a thermos, had it filled with soft serve ice-cream to bring home and had a cone, usually strawberry for me, on the way back. Soft serve is still by far my favorite ice cream.

3) Summers spent at grandma’s house, sitting on her porch, surrounded by evergreens, vines and flowers, eating dinner outside… bratwurst on the grill, her cucumber-tomato salad, so colorful and refreshing.

4) Laundry, that I may or may not have hung, snapping in the breeze… my favorite always, sheets and pillowcases. Walking through them, smelling that fresh, clean scent.

5) Vacation in Prague, on to Slovakia were we stayed at a lake resort, walking through the campground to get to the lake, swimming in the cold, cold lake, walking with my little sister in the mornings to get fresh baked croissants from the little store for breakfast. A day in Vienna, seeing the city from a horse drawn carriage.

6) Our vacation in Sweden. Six hours in the car to get to Kiel, a 14 hours ferry ride to Goeteborg, Sweden, six more hours in the car to our destination in the mountains. Hiking in the mountains, around the lakes, long, long Summer nights that were light as day. I remember the light… so strange and beautiful.

7) Riding our bikes to the lake, swimming, having fun, being chased and dunked by the boys, standing in line for ice cream or a snack, laying on our towels in the grass, listening to Guns’n’Roses on our walkmans’ and not having a care in the world.Β 

8)The first time my uncle, aunt and cousin came to visit from Germany, going to Disney World with them in August, driving to Orlando after I had just gotten my license, being terrified on I-4, and then… the magic of Disney, seeing the Cinderella castle for the first time, finding a mister and feeling the coolness and the parade and fireworks at night.

9) The Summer of 1999, going back to Germany… for a visit and so much more. Frankfurt, the US Consulate, important paperwork, a doctors visit, time spent with friends that I hadn’t seen in a few years, hanging out, driving around, staying out all night with my sister, grandma and mom meeting us on the drive-way, upset and worried, us, tired, not a care in the world… then goodbyes that were hard, nervous on the flight back with sealed paperwork, arriving at the airport in Ft. Myers, sitting in an office, waiting, fingerprints and then… yes, our Greencards.

10) And now, each and every Summer for the past 10 years of living here in our home, days spent in our bathing suits, swimming, splashing around in our backyard pool sitting in the shade, relaxing with first one, then two and now three kids. One of my favorite ways to spent lazy Summer days. πŸ™‚


Writing this post made me so happy. Thinking about these memories, replaying them in my mind, watching them like a movie. So fun!!! Thanks for letting me take a trip down memory lane…




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  • Runnermom-jen June 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Your summer memories make me happy too. I love the ice cream-filled thermos one…sounds awesome. And fresh, clean, crisp sheets from the line…LOVE!!!
    P.S. Your pool is awesome πŸ™‚

    • Susi June 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you. Happy that I made you happy, too. πŸ™‚

  • Briana June 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    What great memories you have!

    • Susi June 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks. They are pretty sweet. And these are only a few of them.

  • Mom June 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for letting me take a trip down memory lane with you-so much fun!!!
    Love you Mom

    • Susi June 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it!!! πŸ™‚ Love you, too.

  • RoryBore June 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    reading your post just brought huge smiles to my face!! looking forward to many days of juicy, messy watermelon and seed spitting contests on the front lawn. And, *sigh* your backyard pool oasis looks like a dream πŸ˜‰

    • Susi June 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Happy I could make you smile. And yes, seeing these pictures makes me realize how lucky I am. Sometimes, you have to see it from a different perspective.

  • Kerry June 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I loved loved loved this post and a walk down your memory lane of summers gone past! I love learning all about you and your life in Germany too and I like reading the similarities of our childhoods a million miles apart πŸ™‚

    • Susi June 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Isn’t it funny how similar an upbringing can be even though you are miles apart and live in a completely different culture!!! I’m going to try to work more of my German life into my posts. It’s just so much a part of me and remembering these things brings joy to my heart!

  • Robbie June 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I don’t think I would EVER EVER leave that pool…such fantastic pictures. It sounds like you had some magical summers.

    • Susi June 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Yes, we did have a some great summers… then and now. And I’m glad we had a fun pool day yesterday because unfortunately, today the weather is not playing along… it’s cloudy, overcast and about ready to pour!!!

  • Stasha June 5, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Sweet. Made me wish for watermelon and Guns’n’roses πŸ™‚ Love how you put your current summer photos into the post, really completes the story. Then and now.

    • Susi June 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Thanks, Stasha. I didn’t even think of it that way… but it’s great!!! πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca June 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

    What a wonderful post! You have had many adventures in your life, many of them very pleasant, it seems. I would be very interested to read of your life in East Germany.

    • Susi June 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Thanks, Rebecca. Yes, I have many wonderful memories… a lot more where those came from and I’m glad that I remember so many of them!!!

  • Kimberly June 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

    OoooOOO those memories are so happy.
    I am a ice cream-aholic and I think that is the best freaking idea about using a thermos to carry it in…although with me it would never make it home πŸ™‚

    • Susi June 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Well, that’s why we usually had a cone to go… because at home the family was waiting for their share!!!

  • By Word of Mouth Musings June 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Loved traveling down your Memory Lane this morning …
    It is all so colorful and real and filled with heart as you clearly went back and lived the smells, the thoughts, the feelings – nicely done xxxx

    • Susi June 5, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Nicole. It means a lot coming from you!!!

  • Megan (Best of Fates) June 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

    What lovely memories – and now I really want some watermelon and ice cream!

    • Susi June 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I could use a nice cool bite of watermelon myself.

  • Helen June 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Beautiful memories! I, too, just love sheets and towels on the line. There’s nothing better than climbing between those fresh sheets at night.

    • Susi June 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Yes, I do miss that. It’s the best…