Hi readers! My name is Aaron from over at Reminiscing is a Dangerous Thing and I am happy to be Isi's blog swap partner this year. Whenever I do something in life, or have a favorite memory from the past, it is usually attached to some kind of deeper meaning (and not just simply 'it was fun'), so when I had to think of my favourite childhood summer vacation I realized my best ones were the ones that have helped me grow as person. I hope you enjoy my post.
As you age, time moves differently. As a child the days seem short but the years seem unimaginably long. Of course, when you're an adult, our days stuck at work can feel like an eternity yet the years somehow fly by. I think I definitely prefer the former.
My parents I would have to say were pretty awesome parents. Now that I am older I can appreciate so much more all they did for my sister and I, with some of my favourite childhood memories relating to our blog swap topic, Favourite Childhood Summer Vacations, for every year without fail until about the age of 12 my parents would take my younger sister and me camping.
As a young, highly adventurous boy with a huge iimagination, being brought to a forest with open grass planes and flowing river, granted the permission to roam around to explore to my hearts content, was simply magical. And despite being not that old now, back when I was a kid it was still the days before video games and the Internet, back when kids used still used to climb trees and try to catch fish in buckets for the fun of it.
I don't remember any particular trip as being a standout, as truthfully they were all just as good as the next, but I can easily summarize them all to what they meant to me, and also what they helped me achieve that even effects me in my adult life today. I used to have just countless hours of fun following rivers and examining how they flowed, climbing trees as high as I could, and seeing for my own eyes animals in the wild that I had never seen before, but I believe it is what I learned while camping that is what I appreciate the most.
I learned how to ride a bike while camping, how to build a fire, to climb tees and rocks better. I learned more about the life cycle of plants, the workings of the eco-system, about the types of animals that live in the wild and which ones to be aware of. I met other kids from all over the country and learned how to make friends more easily. I learned how to fish with a fishing rod, cook food on the fire, and even how to pack for such a trip. All of these were amazing at the time (as most things when you are a kid are), but in addition have also helped me grow into a resourceful adult even today.
Just yesterday in fact I was camping with some friends, and I already had the skills and know how to set up a tent, start a fire, know where was safe to swim, and what water is and isn't safe to drink (hint: only flowing clear water is safe to drink). The two friends I was with didn't know any of these skills.
Life, I believe deeply, is about collecting experiences, not possessions. The experiences while camping and the time spent with my family are simply irreplaceable and I am forever grateful. Also the fact that every year we went was just awesome fun =)
I f I ever have kids of my own someday I will definitely be continuing this summer tradition, and I hope they too will get out of it as much as I did, if not even more. If I can get them off whatever technology they are glued to in the future that is.