4) Sizzling Grill
You don’t hear this sound all year. It’s a summertime event. So many families grilled as much as possible every summer. Back then it seemed like there was a cookout every week at least!
3) Jump Rope Songs
There were so many songs we sang while playing jump rope. The sound of the songs mixed with the clack of the jump rope to create a defining soundscape from childhood. The hopscotch songs and other games added to the voices heard throughout the neighborhood each summer.
2) Creaky Swing Set
The park swing set, the homemade tree swing, or the rusty thing in your neighbor’s backyard, the creaking sounds of swinging will always be a part of summer for most of us. Remember when you’d swing as high as you could or jump mid-swing? Those were the days!
1) Neighborhood Baseball Games
Gone are the days when most neighborhoods had spontaneous games of baseball in the street or in the local park. This used to be a favorite past time every day of summer. Any game had potential, but baseball was the best for street playing, hands down! This is the one we will miss most of all.
We do a lot of things differently these days and kids no longer have the whole summer to run free and play all day. It’s a pity that this way of life is gone now because those summers were so spectacular! These were the best times of the whole year and we will never forget those long days of wild fun as kids. These delightful sounds were the background for the whole summer and what a time we had!