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Linda Maynard says ...
The summer of 72, both my friend and I were 12 years old. I was invited to go with them for a month in the wilderness of Shawinagan, Canada, in a group of primitive cabins. We cooked on a pot belly stove, used an ice box, used well water and bathed, washed clothes in the lake. No electricity, just hurricane oil lamps.and of course there were the outhouses. That was probably the best summer I have ever had. Her and I still talk about that magical summer- and how many leopard frogs we counted.................
08/25/2010 5:49:13 PM CDT
Raquel Moreno says ...
The summer I learned how to swim was the most memorable. I was 8 years old, the year was 1991. My Mom noticed that I was spending too much time indoors watching HBO and my baby round belly was only getting rounder. So she decided that I should learn how to swim before going back to school that fall. Yikes! Swimming! I protested all the way to the pool. On day one, I was embarrassed to stand on the concrete edge of the pool looking at all the significantly shorter little girls at my sides. To encourage me, my Mom bought me a black BodySuit one piece bathing suit with silver metallic sides that zipped up the front. She figured that a stylish sporty suit might sooth my shame of being taller and rounder than most of the other girls in my swim class. She was partially right. After four weeks, of scorching temperatures at the unshaded concrete pool, I learned how to swim freestyle, but the frog-like breast stroke was my favorite. On graduation day, we jumped in the 12 foot deep end to show our parents how much we had learned. I had learned to swim but looking down at the dark blue shade of the 12 foot deep water still made me nervous. When the instructor said go, I dove in head first and imitated a frog as fast as I could across the pool. I won! I made it to the other side faster than all the other girls. Victory was mine! My Mom was so proud of me. I felt like a new kid. I could swim, my little belly had gone down and I was ready to go back to school and tell my friends all about it.
08/25/2010 5:51:37 PM CDT
Jeanne Bowman says ...
First let me say this prize would be wonderful since I have been unemployed for 21 months and my unemployment and insurance has run out so this food & gift card would be a blessing. My memories of summers as a child were so memorable. My paren't took my sister and I on vacation to my mothers sister's home in Dayton, OH. We really could not afford trips to the beach when my parent's were young so we spent the time in OH. Each day my mom & aunt dragged 6 of us to the pool. Each night fed us and we always had a dish of ice cream before bed. They had to have cots lined up for us to sleep on. Times with my cousin's were unforgetable. Later in life we were able to go to the beach when my uncle bought a cottage at VA Beach. My mother has passed on and my father is 81 now. I miss those summers as a young girl with no stress, no worries and no bills, haha. Enjoy the remainder of your summer and savor the memories. Have a fun Labor Day weekend. Jeanne K Bowman
08/25/2010 5:54:28 PM CDT
Tonia Collins says ...
My most memorable summer was in 1999 (uh huh) when I was a camp nurse at Camp Noar in New Hampshire- it was one of my first experiences dealing with kids and my first time in New England. I took care of some famous people's kids...totally new stuff for me! I can't say I enjoyed it truthfully, but I sure remember it- and I learned a lot!
08/25/2010 5:57:38 PM CDT
Annabel says ...
My most memorable summer as a child was when we picked fresh blackberries and raspberries from a bush in the woods while walking on a wooded to the pool! we shoved handfuls in our mouth and had berry stains all over us...i wish life could still be so simple for my child (:
08/25/2010 5:59:10 PM CDT
Molly says ...
1977- Road trip with my Grandparents from Upstate, NY to Tucson, Az. What an incredible, wonderful, bonding time I had with them. We stopped in so many states, I can't remember them all! Visited relatives I didn't even know I had, and laughed our way across the country.
08/25/2010 6:00:07 PM CDT
Kristine Hopkins says ...
Most memorable summer - a family trip to Cape Cod - playing on the beach, lobster dinner and clam bake.....it was the first time I had seafood!
08/25/2010 6:01:16 PM CDT
Jennifer ST pierre says ...
My most memorable Labor day was last year. We were in Orlando, Florida with our 3 youngest, oldest couldn't go because she was in college. I had recently lost 75 pounds and was able to ride rides, walk for hours, and feel great despite the 95 degree heat.
08/25/2010 6:03:36 PM CDT
wen says ...
One of my most memorable summer was 2008, the year me and my husband got engaged. The last night of our summer vacation in Finland...we went on a boat ride, on a small island in the middle of nowhere...we got engaged...
08/25/2010 6:05:34 PM CDT
Patricia Garcia says ...
It was many years ago when I was 18 and graduated from high school in 1974 and had no plans at all for the summer. However, my sister who was planning a trip to South Africa extended an invitation to join her when her husband was not able to make the trip with her. They paid for all my expenses and we travelled for more then a month to locations like Paris, Germany, Austria and of course South Africa. We took a 14 day tour of South Africa, travelling from Cape Town and through the coast to Durbin - it was amazing! An educational, exciting, and most enjoyable trip I've ever taken. It was a summer I'll never forget!!
08/25/2010 6:05:36 PM CDT
Donna Neary says ...
It had to be the summer of '77. My parents sent me to Israel, for the experience, all by myself! I whined and cried across the country. I hated being away from home and I hated the work that I was supposed to do, to learn a work ethic. But the worst was the food. They certainly could have used a Whole Foods! I was glad when the summer ended.
08/25/2010 6:08:38 PM CDT
Paula Stotts says ...
My most memorable summer would be every summer from childhood days especially this time of year. They are of haying and harvesting!The awesome smells of fall coming and the cool evenings that allowed us to snuggle up in front of a camp fire and enjoy the evening sounds of nature before a roaring fire.And the sad thoughts of soon school would once again begin and being outdoors all day would end.
08/25/2010 6:11:42 PM CDT
Lee says ...
My most memorable summer was in 2007. We went on a Make A Wish trip to Disney World, Sea World, and Discovery Cove. My daughter had a thing for dolphins. It was the best. She and her brother were so happy. It was our last summer with her.
08/25/2010 6:12:45 PM CDT
Nanette Grys says ...
MY MOST MEMORABLE SUMMER WAS IN 1982 WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I GOT MARRIED OUTSIDE IN THE PINE TREES IN THE BLACK FOREST. IT HAD RAINED AND RIGHT BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED, THE RAIN STOPPED!
08/25/2010 6:15:47 PM CDT
Heather Hicks says ...
Definitely the summer I traveled all through Germany and got engaged on the Rhine River in Cologne! Then getting back home and spending the rest of the summer planning my wedding.
08/25/2010 6:18:52 PM CDT
Jennifer Riggs says ...
This summer was actually my most memorable summer. I have a wonderful husband and four beautiful kids. We have a trailer at a seasonal campground on a lake which proved to be a really great place for friends and family to be together this summer. The summer started off with my youngest son having his third surgery but this time it was to repair two epigastric hernias. In July, my husband, at the very young age of 40, had to have replacement hip surgery. While all this was going on I was in school taking classes towards my nursing degree. In April 2009 I lost my job which was devastating. It took a while for me to emotionally deal with this but I knew I had to move on in order to take care of my family. As time has gone on, we have learned to do more with less and I now realize that it was probably the best thing to happen to me. I am now pursuing a nursing degree and working hard but enjoying it. I look forward to having a job that I truly enjoy, one that can allow me to give back on a daily basis, and have a more flexible schedule for my family. This summer at the lake it was all about family and being together. We were able to spend time with family that also have trailers on the lake which include my parents, my brother and his family, and my grandparents who I treasure every moment with (they are almost 90 years old, still drive, and have a beautiful trailer on the lake). We were also blessed to have visits from two of my other brothers and their families we have not seen in over a year. The seventeen cousins had so much fun this summer! This summer is special because I finally feel a sense of peace.
08/25/2010 6:19:17 PM CDT
Teresa Cabrera says ...
My most memorable summer was the carefree summer of 1992 when I didn't have a job (and didn't care!) and my best friend and I lived together as two crazy young girls who lived by the seat of our pants!
08/25/2010 6:19:45 PM CDT
Carol W. says ...
My most memorable summer was when I spent a month in France with the man who is now my husband.
08/25/2010 6:21:07 PM CDT
Dawn Berger says ...
My most memorable summer was last this summer when we surprised our kids with a trip to the nick hotel in florida..and when we opened the door to the hotel and my 4 yr old started screaming when he realized he was sleeping in a spongebob room..And he told us we were the best parents in teh world...i should have got that on tape..lol
08/25/2010 6:21:43 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
The summer between high school and college. The excitement of new beginnings...
08/25/2010 6:25:54 PM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
My most memorable summer wat when I met my husband. We had fun summer and then he took me to Bermuda!
08/25/2010 6:30:11 PM CDT
Pushpa S. Vij says ...
My most memorable summer was this year. I started volunteering for MEALS ON WHEELS. Oh I can not began to tell me how happy and useful I feel after distributing hot meals and cold package to the needy. Olderly americans and some with limited capacity are so happy to get these meals.
08/25/2010 6:31:38 PM CDT
Amy B says ...
My parents, older sister, and I went to Nevada and Arizona on a "working vacation" for my Dad. My sister and I went on an 8 hour horseback trail ride in the Arizona sun. The scenery was beyond compare, as was the dip in a spring-fed pool in the Verde Valley, an oasis from the desert sun! Almost 20 years later my sister and I still have the gauzy shirts we wore that day as cover-ups to protect our fair skin from the sun...and we also have memories that will last a lifetime!
08/25/2010 6:32:53 PM CDT
Daphne says ...
Summer, my the most memorable one, was way back in 1981. My classroom view was the library; which had great stuff, from what I could see. I wandered over right after school to check out something really cool. And I must confess, I gotta' say— I haven't returned it, to this day! It was the librarian who caught my eye, (such a handsome and friendly guy) I checked him out—forever— So my dears: that's who I've been married to these past 29 years!
08/25/2010 6:33:26 PM CDT
nancy bave says ...
Each year...whether the summer was cold,hot, summer or rainy, my sister in law took the "kids"( my husband & I had three as did several of the other relatives) to the sister/aunt who lived down the road from the Woodstock fair in Ct over the labor day weekend. My husband and I were ALONE at home (at least until Sunday nite)! Sometimes we had romantic interludes, sometimes bbq's with our friends,later we "babysat" with his mother. It was always a notable end to a summer be it a long,a short,a slow or fast one....and left us refreshed for NEXT!
08/25/2010 6:34:37 PM CDT

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