Minnesota summers mean green grass and swimming in the lake, parades and a weekend at the cabin. Fishing and boating and camping. Djibouti summers mean watermelon and trips to the ocean and hunkering inside air conditioned rooms, hiding from dust storms and suffocating heat.
Popsicles and lemonade stands, or balls of pink ice in plastic bags and fresh fried samosas. Family walks in the park or dip-netting for salmon, playing cards, and sleeping late.
What does summer look like around the globe and how do kids pass the hazy, lazy summer days? I asked people who live all over the world to share what their children do. The resulting photos and kid activities showcase the beautiful diversity of our planet and the stunning similarities. One aspect of summer that I had not previously considered is that it is summer for half the planet. The southern hemisphere is currently experiencing their winter months. I find this fascinating and am thankful for the reminder of how massive the world is. And yet, as these photos demonstrate, we are connected.
Kids in Mexico play football and kids in Switzerland play football and kids in Djibouti play football and kids in the United States play, well, they play soccer. They play across gender, religious, ethnic, and class boundaries that some adults might find divisive but the kids don’t have time to notice. They are too busy not being caught in tag, or scouting out the best hiding spots for hide-and-seek, or designing a game of duck-duck-goose (duck-duck-gray duck in my native Minnesota) on a trampoline.
What do your children love to do in the summer?
This slideshow is a celebration of our diversity, our planet, our commonality, and our children.