Summer When I Was Seven

The prompt I chose today for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop was:
1.) Write a post about a childhood memory as if you’re in that moment again…from the perspective of yourself as that child.

Summertime is my very favorite time of year.  I love spending the day with Mama and not having to go to school.

In the morning, the sun shines on the front porch, and it’s a fun place to play. Sometimes I play with my dolls out there. My kitty, Lace, likes for me to take her for a ride in my doll stroller. I try to dress her in doll clothes, but she doesn’t like that very much.

I like to swing on the porch swing. Mama says when I was a baby, she and my sisters used to swing me to sleep there at night. 

Riding my tricycle in the driveway is fun too.  Sometimes my friend, Jewelsie, will ride with me. Mama says she’s my “imaginary friend”.  I don’t know what that means, but it’s nice to have her to play with, since none of my friends live nearby.

On Sundays, after church, my sisters usually come to our house and bring my nieces and nephews. We really have fun playing out in the yard then. The grown-ups sit in the shade and talk. If it’s really hot, we’ll make “floats” with lime sherbert and Seven-up or Sprite. Mama says that’s a good way to cool off.

Once in awhile, we go to the beach near my sister’s house. It isn’t really a beach. It’s just a little sandy place beside the river. I can’t swim, but Mama lets me splash around at the edge of the water. She watches me every minute, though.

In the summertime, Mama moves our bed so it will be near the window, and we can get a breeze. One day, I won’t be so afraid and I’ll sleep by myself, but right now, Mama lets me sleep with her because it makes me feel safe.

Soon, summer will be over and I’ll have to go back to school. But right now, I’m going out to play on the porch. Jewelsie and Lace are waiting for me.

Mama’s Losin’ It

26 responses to “Summer When I Was Seven

  1. Awww … what a sweet, sweet story. A real glimpse into your past days. And as much as we tried, our barn kitties didn’t appreciate doll clothes, either. MJ

  2. Wonderful memories!

  3. Great job of putting yourself (and your reader) into the moments you’re recalling from childhood. Love the photo of you – so cute!


  4. so beautiful!!
    and the pictures are such a nice touch too. 🙂

  5. We made lime floats too! Such great memories of living in the country.

  6. That was such a sweet post. I loved every time you used the word “mama”, it brought me back to when I called my own mother that.

  7. Nice story and I felt like I was right there watching it unfold!
    p.s. I slept with my mom, too 🙂

  8. Beautiful memory and breathtaking photos.

  9. I had an “imaginary friend”…..”Carsen gin-gin” was her name. And there was “Dr. Ink” who was always caring for the sick “Carsen gin-gin” Crazy, huh? I love that your bed got moved by the window for the summer – for the breeze. You tell this with great tenderness ~ I love it!

  10. To take a look into someones childhood helps to understand the person they are now. It explains your appreciation of the simple things in life and your warm and loving nature. Thanks for sharing…

  11. that was so beautiful. loved it!

  12. That is a beautifully told story! I can remember times when I was scared as a little girl and would go snuggle up with my mother. Neat post.

  13. Great one – once again! – and I dont’ remember hearing about the trips to the edge of the water … great pics with the story!

  14. Somehow I knew you’d choose this prompt and I was really looking forward to it. You did not disappoint! Love your stories. Ive always been a little jealous of people who had imaginary friends as kids. I never did. My husband’s was named Deek and I love to hear his Deek stories.

  15. I really felt like I was right there on that porch playing with Jewelsie and right there warm and safe next to your Mama with you. The pictures added to the story, too. A beautiful, feel good memory of a very specific time.

  16. Aww–I could feel a sense of loneliness in this. But I really enjoyed getting to know the little Dianna.

  17. And I have the real memory of that time…summer is never as sweet as it is during our childhood!

  18. What a sweet memory, Dianna.

  19. I could tell pretty close to the same story. Except instead of my mom it was a babysitter. Instead of Lace, it was my dog, Puddles. And instead of a tricycle, it was a two-wheeler: I was an advanced bike rider. I enjoyed your post very much!

  20. Wonderful recollection. I am still thinking of the porch swing you spoke of…I really miss the wonderful log one we had on our front porch in Idaho but a truck tail gate is a nice substitute. 🙂 Thanks for the memory prompt here!

  21. so sweet, lovely photo’s and that bonnet, be still my heart. those were the days!! xo

  22. Awww…Dianna, I really enjoyed this — the photos and your story. I had an imaginary friend, too! “Coo” was her name, and she went everywhere with me. One day when I went “to town” with my grandfather, he had to go back to the car — after we had parked — to open the door and let Coo out! (She had gotten left inside.) He really didn’t want to, since some of his friends were sitting in rockers in front of the store and saw his every move. However, he knew if he didn’t, I’d make a scene!!! LOL

  23. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Summers were the best when we were young and care free. Hope this summer was good for you also, 🙂

  24. I used to dress our beagle, Sam, in doll clothes and put him in the stroller. He was not happy

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