I was just thinking | l/lake #atozchallenge

I was just thinking | whatsandrathinks

When I was a kid, Mom used to take us to this lake in Rhode Island.

[I do remember the name of said lake but I’m not going to mention it because I don’t want anyone to stalk me. I know, I have a ridiculous level of paranoia. I don’t even go there anymore… I don’t even live in RI anymore!]

My three sisters and I would pile into Mom’s station wagon, and she’d take us to this lake for the day a few times throughout the summer. [My poor dad was always working or on call. He came sometimes, though.] It never seemed to be unbearably crowded, but of course, this was many years ago. I remember swimming and burying my feet in the sand. I remember walking up to the arcade and the candy and food stands. I remember a very specific type of lollipop I would always get. I got one somewhere else recently. It wasn’t the same.

I often think of taking my kids to that lake, but it has changed too much. It would make me sad. And I don’t want that because remembering that place as it was makes me happy. I don’t want to ruin it.


p.s.— Those lollipops would be too sweet for me now. But I bet they’d taste different at the lake. 

©2019 what sandra thinks

About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy, too. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
This entry was posted in challenge, life, random, writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

23 Responses to I was just thinking | l/lake #atozchallenge

  1. Liam says:

    Reminds me of taking my kids to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree because I loved it as a kid. They were bored and I felt none of the magic I did as a child.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Times have changed as have many places I once loved. I have to stop myself from thinking about it sometimes because it’s so sad. I understand exactly what you mean–I have taken my kids to some places I loved as a child and they really didn’t care. Mostly I just want to go back in time…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. What a lovely memory. You’re right sometimes when we return to a place that holds special memories, it’s just not the same and can taint the memories

    Liked by 1 person

  3. gigglingfattie says:

    Lovely memories!! I used to eat so many of those candies! Love them!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. simplywendi says:

    I remember getting those lollipops when my family would camp in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Thank you for sparking that happy memory! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. What a nice memory. We took car trips almost every year when I was growing up and I’ve always loved getting up early to bundle into the car and stop for breakfast after the sun came up. Life was simpler then and much more fun!

    Liked by 1 person

    • We did that, too! Almost every year. I wish I could afford to take my kids on more little trips. But even if I had the money, things are so different today… kids are so different today… that I’m not even sure they’d enjoy it. Not like I did when I was young.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I like those too. Like a giant sweet tart on a stick. 😃👍🏻

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Meg says:

    Such a nice memory! So much has changed. And doesn’t everything feel so much smaller than when you were a kid?

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I always remember those lollipops as being so much bigger, or was it the fact that our mouths were smaller?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. jrvincente says:

    I totally know what you mean about places from your childhood growing up while you’re away. It’s terribly sad. I have long thought about trying to capture that bitter feeling in words, but I’m not sure any amount of words can do it effectively. Hang onto those memories.

    Liked by 1 person

thoughts? talk to me.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.