Going to the grocery store in the summer has to be one of my least favorite things in the world. I love my kids, but going to the grocery store with three kids is a whole lot more expensive than going to the grocery store by yourself (and do not get me started on how expensive it is to go to the grocery store with a husband).
I usually can bypass most of their requests because they are obviously not going to happen, but sometimes their requests are within reason. Last week, the kids begged to get a whole watermelon.
I can’t remember the last time I bought a watermelon. It’s not that I don’t like watermelon–I love it. But I’m so busy these days that usually I buy (gulp) the packaged, pre-cubed watermelon. Yep. I’m that girl. Sorry.
I ended up giving in and buying the watermelon. We got home, I selected a knife, sliced it into quarters, and asked my kids for some dental floss. Their eyes got big.
“What do you need dental floss for? Aren’t you going to cut up the watermelon?”
I grinned. “Just watch.”
And watch they did, while I used the floss to slice their watermelon up and toss it in a bowl.
We sat down to eat, and as soon as that first cold, juicy slice hit my tongue, it hit me. I think I know why I haven’t bought a watermelon in awhile.
Eating watermelon in the summer with my daddy was one of my favorite childhood things. He’d get one fresh from the garden and cut it open right there on the back step.
The older you get, the more precious those childhood memories become. In the last few years, I’ve had to watch my dad slip farther and farther away from us thanks to Parkinson’s and dementia. I think maybe I wasn’t doing some of “our” things because I didn’t want those memories to change.
Isn’t that silly?
Making a watermelon memory with my kids didn’t do anything to my watermelon memories with my dad. If anything, it just makes those memories even sweeter. Maybe it’s time to dig out the ice cream maker next!
What about you? What are some of your favorite childhood memories that you haven’t allowed yourself to reclaim?
Micki Clark is the author of Don’t Ask Me to Leave, a modern retelling of the story of Ruth and Naomi set in beautiful Montgomery County, Kentucky, rated 5 stars on Amazon! Get your copy here (https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Ask-Leave-Micki-Clark/dp/1945094117)
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