I Love Summer...except for the bugs! :)

I Love Summer...except for the bugs! :)

I Love Summer!

It is my favorite time of the year.  The hot weather, the long days, backyard bbq's, block parties...I am here for all of it...all except the bugs. But, my favorite thing to do in the summertime is to go to the beach.

Growing up in Queens NY, it was about a 30-minute ride to the beach...on a good day with no traffic, which in NY in the summertime, when is there no traffic?  On those long, summer days, when it was really hot, my Dad would drive me and my Mom to Jones Beach. It was always so much cooler at the beach, and I looked forward to the trip.  As a kid, it seemed like it took forever to get there, but it was always worth every minute.  The crisp salty air made me feel like I was in another country, another place, somewhere far from reality.  

As a young adult, the beach was still my favorite place.  I have fond memories of my friends and me packing into cars and racing down the Southern State at ridiculous speeds, heading to Long Beach to hang out on the boardwalk, or play around on the sand.  Sometimes we paired off and made out (and sometimes more) as the sun set beyond the horizon.

Today, as a woman, a...almost can't bring myself to say it..a middle-aged woman, I still love the beach and long, hot summer nights. It is still my favorite place in the world to be.  Haven't seen the whole world yet, but haven't found a place that beats the beach. I live by the beach now...it is 3 blocks away, and so I go pretty often.  Not as often as I would like. Life can be hectic as an adult, work, kids, husbands...but I do try to go as often as I can.  Still takes me to another place...another time. 

Always reminds me of all those good times, back in the day.

 

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