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10 Summer Memories My Children Won’t Have

By Catherine Connors |

The other week, Emilia and I went on holiday in the Canadian Rockies with Adventures By Disney. We did awesome things like raft whitewater in the Kicking Horse River, climb up to the Cosmic Ray Station on Sulphur Mountain, throw snowballs at each other on the Athabasca Glacier, and mountain-bike along the Bow River. I did none of these things when I was child, a fact that stated and restated to Emilia at least a half a dozen times a day (isn’t this wonderful? I would have loved to have done this when I was your age! Did I tell you that already? It’s true! We didn’t have mountain bikes when I was a kid! And we didn’t ride rafts, only inner tubes!)

But as awesome as it was, it caused me to think: what things did I do as a kid that Emilia doesn’t get to do? And then, because I’m a dork, I made a list:

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10 Summer Memories From Childhood That My Kids Won't Have

Riding old-school merry-go-rounds and sliding down rickety aluminum slides

I know that you can still find these in some old, unrefurbished neighborhood playgrounds, but they’re rare, having being replaced by bright, safe plastic. I haven’t seen anything like them in years, and still have fond memories of clinging, dizzy, to the metal bars of the spinning merry-go-round in the park across from grandparents’ house, and of searing my rear-end on the hot metal of aluminum slides. A warm bum will always remind me of summer.

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12 thoughts on “10 Summer Memories My Children Won’t Have

  1. Jennifer says:

    The park in my hometown is still there and they still have the exact same “big” slide they had when we were kids. I love that. They have the new ones as well, but I love that they kept that old, metal slide.

  2. Kate says:

    Not only did we stick the sprinkler under the tramp, but we would squirt the mat with dish soap, and as many of us as could fit on that sucker would slip and slide for hours. My husband and I have these types of conversations often and wonder how we can offer our children the same care-free childhood we enjoyed in a more safety conscious world.

    1. Catherine Connors says:

      ooooh, the dish soap. YES. I remember that! SLIPPERY TRAMPOLINES!

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  4. themeaningofme says:

    What a fabulous walk down memory lane. I have fond memories of all those things. Thanks!

  5. Maureen Dunn says:

    We don’t have decent, fun playgrounds anymore because of stupid people who sue anyone in sight for stupid reasons. Case in point: woman suing 11 year old at a Little League game because she was accidentally hit by a ball. Countless people who sued small towns because their kid broke an arm or whatever. If I jumped off the top of the “big slide” and broke my arm, my dad would have broke my butt, too. But he wouldn’t have sued anyone.

  6. Alexicographer says:

    Eh, on getting lost: still very feasible. I do own a GPS because when my DH replaced his, he gave me his old one. But I don’t actually use it (much at all), so when DS and I are out driving around, we talk about where we are going and how we will get there. Sometimes he asks, “Where does that road go?” and I say, “Let’s find out” and turn down it. For those bemoaning our doing this in a fossil-fuel-burning car, don’t worry, we also try it on foot and on bikes (yes, yes, with helmets…). Truly lost is probably harder to achieve, but exploring lostness is still very feasible.

  7. Connie Lissner says:

    Thanks for taking me down memory lane – especially the hot, metal slides. Plastic is just not the same. And Saturday cartoons? I loved that you had to get up early and watch your favorites. My kids just watch them later or find them on the internet. It’s just not the same as sitting in your pajamas all morning, eating cereal on the couch and watching tv.

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