I live on Prince Edward Island and it is my home but I didn’t actually grow up here. I moved to Pickering, Ontario around the age of 9 and stayed there until I was in my mid 20’s before moving back home, with my then boyfriend / now husband in 2007.
When I was growing up, I missed PEI so much that I can still physically feel the pain of being homesick. My entire family was here and my absolute favorite memories as a kid are my many trips back home, most of which were in the summer and because of those trips, Summer is my favorite season!
To this day, I can close my eyes and go back in my mind to being a kid, staying at my grandparents house which is where I spent almost every summer of my childhood. I couldn’t begin to tell you all the good times I had at their house. It would be a book, not a blog post!
If there is anyone out there reading this who is from Atlantic Canada, you are probably familiar with our infamous “kitchen parties” that we are known for. This is where there is usually a myriad of guitars, lots of singing (typically country music) and perhaps a few adult beverages enjoyed. Okay…more than a few!
I feel like my family wrote the text book definition of these parties. We live and breathe music and I have so many wonderful memories as a kid sitting around, taking it all in. The sounds of the guitars. The laughter as stories were told. The togetherness of it all. Family. It didn’t matter if you were blood related or not, you were welcome.
It’s where I get my deep rooted love for country music. It’s why I picked up my first guitar (and learned Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver as my first song.) It’s why I have such a strong belief that family comes first no matter what.
All of this is wrapped up defines Summer to me. The curtains blowing in the breeze. The big fluffy clouds in the sky that only seem to happen over PEI. The smell of the salty ocean. Fresh cut grass. All of it encompasses emotions in me that make my soul smile. Summer!
What are some of your favorite summer memories?
Share in the comments! I’d love to hear them.