Goodbye Summer! Best Summer Memories
I have very
recently left teaching and realised that this will be the first time in...EVER
that I won't have the summer holidays. It's made me look back on all those
summer holidays I've had since childhood with rose tinted glasses. I say rose
tinted because there were actually times as a kid where I got a bit bored
during the summer and actually looked forward to going back to school. I know,
I know, what a geek! Anyway, here are some of my favourite summer memories from
childhood to adulthood.
1 - Playing
For the first
twelve years of my life I grew up in the beautiful town of Bishops Castle. One
of my favourite things to do during summers here was playing games of army in a
local woodland with my friends. For those of you who were deprived of such an
amazing game during your own childhood, army is where you get sticks that look
vaguely like guns and pretend to shoot each other. If you get shot, you have to
pretend to be dead for 5 seconds before getting back up and carrying on. Oh,
and the 5 second rule was taken VERY seriously. It sounds ridiculous (and it
is) but we would genuinely spend hours playing this without getting
It is now
banned from every school in the land but if they find a stick that looks
vaguely like this they will still start making "pew pew" sounds.
2 - Dens.
important part of childhood summer in the countryside was making dens. There
was another wooded area we used to go to that we all called 'The Dingle'. I
have absolutely no idea if that was what it was actually called as it sounds
far too silly and slightly rude. Anyway, I used to go there with my friends and
spend long days making dens that I remember looking much more impressive than
they probably actually did. Dens were a brilliant memory from my childhood and
every child should definitely be given the opportunity to make at least one den
in their life.
3 - Spending
far too much time at friends houses.
can't imagine going to a friend’s house and just staying there for a week. I
would miss my own home and space too much! However, when I was a teenager, it
seemed perfectly acceptable. Whether it involved hundreds of games of Fifa,
missions to obtain alcohol or endless prank phone calls, it always seemed a
better option than just staying at home.
4 - Reading in
Reading is always
great but so much better when you can read in the sun without having to worry
about the alarm clock the next day. I know people who have no interest in books
the rest of the year but will still read a novel or two every summer because
it's such a good feeling. I plan on spending my retirement living somewhere hot
and spending most my time reading as many books as possible. Brexit making my
retirement to Spain more difficult is one of the many reasons to be disappointed