Wendi’s Word: Summertime fun

Sometimes I can’t believe we are already in August and school, in one form or another, will be starting soon.
The summer that is…what it is. We have been doing what we can with the boys during a pandemic. They need sunshine and need to get out of the house. We need sunshine and to get out of the house.
A few times we have gone to the park and went during off-peak times. We have lucked out being the only ones there or just a few kids. With only a few kids, social distancing hasn’t been hard.
I have only noticed issues at stores and I just left the area. I like my 6-foot bubble.
Last Saturday turned into a trip to the park and then the boys visiting grandpa. The visit turned into a boat ride around the lake.
Sometimes the boat ride, along with the visit to the lake takes me back. Not to simpler times, but to the summer right before my freshman year at high school. I was 14-years-old and jeez looking back it was a busy summer.
It was the summer I drove a Sea Doo for the first time while we visited relatives in Indian River. Dad and I stayed at a campground in walking distance of where my aunt and uncle used to live. What sticks out the most was the times on the lake and walking around Mackinac Island with my cousins when they visited from Arizona.
It’s good to start remembering as I am getting pretty close to start scrapbooking those teenage years for my own scrapbook. If I get there, I have lost some steam as I can’t find what I did with my high school mug shots. I probably burned them.
Going back to the last summer before high school, I just got back from California before heading to Indian River.
Jeez, again what a summer. I flew by myself for the first time and had a 8-hour layover in Minnesota (so if you wonder why I carry so much on me it stems from this particular layover.)
Then, in California it was just go, go, go – miniature golf in Riverside and hours in arcades in Laughlin, Nevada. I believe my cousin and I also watched quite a few movies in Laughlin. Forrest Gump and Speed were the top two. Speed had a big impact, I can’t recall why but the action movie was one of the first movie posters I bought, the first of many movie posters. I also had the soundtrack, a T-shirt and bus poster. They hooked me in good with “Pop quiz, hotshot. There’s a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?”

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