|A funny pic I found on the internet. And it’s so true! LOL|
It was scorching hot today. I hate this weather! I guess summer has really made its arrival. The heat is only going to become more unbearable as we enter the midst of summer. Oh boy! I am so not looking forward to the uncomfortable and unbearable heat waves, the days you feel like you’re going to die without air-conditioning, the nights you can’t sleep because it’s too hot, and the loss of appetite from the heat. I hate summers in socali (winter and autumn are my favorite seasons). Sometimes I wish that I can get away and live at some place cool during the summer months, then come back when it cools down. As much as I hate summers now, there was a time when I LOVED it….during my childhood, naturally because that was when we had summer breaks. No school for two and a half months!! Childhood summers were awesome. Maybe it was because it was the 80’s lol. If you didn’t grow up in the 80’s, you probably wouldn’t understand. I love this article because I can totally relate. http://www.liketotally80s.com/grew-up-in-80s.html
I spent most of my days in the pool. We had a pool in our backyard that I’d jump in to as soon I woke up. I’d practically live in the pool all day until the sun went down. There have been times when our pool would be filled with neighborhood kids that we barely even knew. Our house was like the neighborhood play house. We (my brothers and I) had a pool, a toy room (had almost every toy from Toys ‘R Us since our parents took us every Saturday…yes, we were kind of spoiled), a collection of Nintendo games, and a shitload of food….kids we weren’t even friends with were always over to play. Sometimes we had to kick them out lol. Didn’t know where all those kids came from.
Anyways, aside from having unfamiliar kids at the house, my summer days spent in the pool with friends (not random kids) are what make up most of my carefree childhood summer memories. Chillin’ at the pool, we’d have a boom box playing songs by New Kids on the Block (my fav New Kid was Joey), Debbie Gibson, Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson, and whatever else bubblegum music we were listening to. Our bedroom walls were plastered with posters of these singers that we tore out of magazines like BOP, Big Boppers, Superteen, and some others I can’t remember.
Oh and I had this little TV that I would bring outside to watch while I was in the pool. I got sick of having to leave the pool to go inside to watch my favorite shows….Woody Woodpecker, Gumby, Plastic Man, Smurfs, and of course, Beverly Hills Teens!!! OMG I loved BHT. In the evenings (when out of the pool), I used to LOVE watching Double Dare, Full House (OMG remember TGIF?), Who’s the Boss, Growing Pains, Alf…I love 80’s sitcoms! I also loved reading as well. I started becoming a big time reader (and writer) around this age. I owned and read every single Baby-sitters’ Club book, along with Sweet Valley High, all the Fudge and Ramona books. I wonder what kids nowadays read, and if these books are still being read today.
Why is it that food tastes so good after a swim?! When my friends and I got hungry, we would get out of the pool to eat whatever my grandma prepared for us. We loved eating hot dogs and cheeseburgers. Actually, sometimes we even ate those in the pool (not a good idea but oh well). And I will never forget all the ramen we consumed those summers months. Almost every single day when we got out of the pool, my grandma had ramen waiting for us (it was usually 200 Nyang, 300Nyang, or Ichiban). I think this is why I don’t like ramen right now…because I had too much of it during my childhood.
Who can forget Otter-Pops? I miss those! I remember having to be super patient before I can indulge in one, waiting for them to freeze.
I LOVED drinking Squeez-it! I thought they were so fun to drink from. I remember when the little girl next door wanted some of my Squeez-it, so I poured her some into a cup. She cried and threw a tantrum until she got a bottle she can squeeze and drink from lol.
Outside of the pool (I was slowly trying to develop into a woman around age 8-9 and thought I was so grown up and cool), my bangs were teased six inches high, rest of my hair was crimped, wore earrings almost as big as my head, loved wearing handmade friendship bracelets, and I often wore those tight black bicycle shorts with the neon stripe on the side (because they were so cool back then), and of course, my L.A. Gears! Oh, and remember those clip thingies clipped on the side of your shirt (most likely a puff-painted shirt lol)? I used to love wearing those!
When we got bored of being in the pool, we explored new ways to entertain ourselves. Once we saw some of the neighborhood kids having a Lemonade stand. So we had one too, in front of our house. We sold a small cup of Lemonade for $.25. I guess that was considered pricy since the other kids were charging $.05 to $.10 per cup. We didn’t live on a busy street, so we didn’t get much business. Our customers were mostly parents of the other neighborhood kids, our family members, and the seldom stranger passing by, thinking it was cute. The 80’s were so RAD!
Well, the carefree summer days didn’t last too many years because later on, my parents started sending me to hakwon (academy for learning various subjects) in the summer….abacus, art, piano, math/English classes (at Kumon), then PSAT/SAT in my teen years. From then on, summers became overwhelming. And these days, they suck since I work around hot ovens in the heat with no AC. The summer months are going to be dreadful! I can’t wait until it cools back down. Come on autumn, get here faster!!
***Disclaimer~ The pictures I have posted on here are random pics I’ve stumbled upon on Pinterest that I found to be so cool.