Day 1,388 – Thankful for Reminders of Summer Days In the Grove

I am a little surprised at how nostalgic I’ve been for my summers as a kid. Specifically, the times when I would hang out with my grandparents and cousins in Union Grove. Over the past couple of months I’ve had many reminders of those times. Some reminders were very direct (seeing all of my family in Union Grove) and others were much more indirect. However the memories wash over me I can’t help but smile and remember how much fun those times were.

So what hit me today? First off were the two t-shirts I saw people wearing in the grocery store. He-Man on one, Voltron on the other. What a blast from the past! Those were some of the action figures we’d play with and the cartoons we’d watch at my cousins’ house. Seeing both of them had me chuckling and thinking back to the good old days when we’d all lay out on the living room floor staring at the TV and watch Sven and the team defend the universe from evil. So many fun memories!

Our walk today was dang near perfect summer weather. At times there was a beautiful smell of freshly cut grass. There was a house with an incredible flower bed with a mind glowingly awesome aroma. There was just a touch of humidity, just enough to feel like summer without feeling oppressive. For whatever reason it felt like the exact weather every memory I have of nights in Union Grove felt during the summer. It was a perfect balance of all of the elements that made each of those night feel amazing. Was the weather always perfect like that? Of course not, but in my memories that’s how it remains.

I wish I could find the exact patio string lights Grandma and Grandpa had… These are close but not quite.

Ahh… Some of my all time favorite summer memories. For whatever reason they really have been hitting me hard in a great way this summer. I am so thankful for that opportunity to spend time with extended family for a couple of weeks each summer. The memories and joy will last my entire lifetime.


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