The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The Summers of my Childhood

I sense a slight shift in the air. It is still hot but the season is fast burning itself out. In two weeks summer will be officially over. The weather will start to break and cooler winds will soon start to blow in. In three weeks the schools will re-open for another scholastic year, the beaches will empty and all that will be left are echoes of laughter, shadows of a season past…

Summer has always been a season of nostalgia for me since I finished college. I recall my childhood days spent playing hide and seek or hopscotch with my friends until the sun went down. Those were the days when I never tired, when there weren’t enough hours in a day for our little adventures. They were days of lazy afternoons playing on golden sand and cooling off in the deep blue sea. Computers were unheard of. All our games were about imaginary heroes. There was less cars, less pollution and a magical aura seemed to hang in the air. Every nook and cranny held a mystery of our own making. Fairies lived in the carob groves and the valleys were peopled by giants and brave knights. Like all children, we searched for an explanation for everything. And when none was forthcoming, we made up our own. In our imagination the early summer fields of red clover were battlefields running with blood. Every small noise in the dry grass was a dragon lurking in the shadows. Every bird that flew was a mighty eagle ready to take us for a ride on its wings. We were friends with the butterflies and, like them, sucked on the nectar of the honeysuckles. Life was innocent. Life was sweet. There were no phantoms lurking in corners; no monsters under our bed. If there were any ghosts, they were friendly ones and angels of radiance surrounded us. They were days of sunshine, of laughter, of fun, of innocence – the summer days of my childhood.

Looking back it seems to me as if my childhood summers were like golden moments in my life that passed way too quickly. Sometimes I wish that I could turn back the clock and re-live one of those summer evenings spent staring at the sky, watching the moon rising and the stars come out; to play a game of hide and seek that went on for hours and to eat peaches straight off of the tree. Those were the days when time was not a commodity because I had so much of it; so much of it, in fact, that I was bored of all the free time wishing I would soon grow up to be able to do other things. And, alas, here I am now, with not enough hours in a day and wishing that I could have back just one childhood summer day.


  1. Childhood summers years ago were spent being creative. Your memories were beautiful Loree...but we can pass on the joy of imagination in nature and play to our children or grandchildren and find even greater joy in that!

  2. I enjoyed reading about your childhood summers, especially the part about eating peaches off the tree! I love your beach photo and how the light and shadow define the little hills and valleys in the sand.

  3. In my summers of the past the sun always seemed to shine, whether it was just the good days I remember as a child or the weather has changed I am not sure, but it certainly does not shine much now.

  4. Oh if you could turn back the clock, take me with you because I remembered those times spending on the beach myself..

  5. A lovely piece of writing. I am so glad you can look back on your childhood days with such lovely memories. You can still make the best of your time now....even though it might feel as if you don't have enough of it.

  6. What a wonderful remembrance of childhood summers. You could drop by my little house in the desert where we are going to break records today and maybe hit 100 degrees. Autumn where are you?

    The Raggedy Girl

  7. You sure had some nice summers. Fresh peaches sound wonderful to me too. :)


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