Today I’m blogging about summer memories. I’m a fall/winter person, and I hate the heat and humidity we get here in the Mid-Atlantic, but I do love summer treats like ice cream and popsicles, sandals and bare feet, lazing about on a summer afternoon, twilight that seems to stretch on forever, and catching fireflies. My favorite summer memories are of being a kid and playing outside all summer long. That was back in the dark ages, before computers and the internet, even before VCRs, back when we were let loose on the neighborhood and didn’t have to come home until it was dark (yes, I’m old). We’d ride our bikes around and use our imagination to play cops and robbers or Star Wars or house, or we’d have a parent drive us to the town beach to go swimming. Often we’d engage in my favorite summer (and all year round) pastime: reading.
When I was a kid our local library had a summer reading program. You’d get a sheet to record all the books you read and every 10 books or so they would recognize your accomplishment by putting your name up on a special wall display for the event. I usually needed at least one extra sheet because I read so many books. A group of us kids on our street would get a blanket, bring our books outside, and sit and read together. I don’t think this was related to the library event. We just liked to read.
Once I decided we should start our own library. As a budding author I had the brilliant idea that we’d write all of the books ourselves. I might have been eight or nine. I’d already written a book as part of the library reading program because you got to do a project that was put on display at the library. I wrote (and poorly illustrated) a brilliant piece of fiction called “The Rebels Strike Back,” my take on Star Wars. The neighborhood library never did get off the ground. I think we ended up with five or six books, most written by me about my stuffed animals. But by then I knew I would write my own books someday. It just took a little longer than I expected.
I still have vivid memories of that library and the young adult section in the basement. I spent a lot of time perusing those shelves. It was strange when I finally moved upstairs to the adult and non-fiction section, mostly to do school research. Eventually the library was renovated, but it’s those young adult books that fueled my initial love of reading and writing.
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