As the dog days of summer really started to set in, I went out onto the porch with a glass of lemonade, and relaxed as the breeze cooled me off. As the wind hit my face, it brought with it the scent of freshly cut grass. They say that smell is the sense most closely associated with memory, and oh how that smell brought me back to my childhood, which kinda sucked.

Like my childhood was fine and all, I wasn’t horribly disadvantaged or abused, but it was just kinda ass, ya know? I guess growing up in the suburbs was most of it, there’s not really much to do out there. There are only so many ponds to throw rocks in before you are left wanting something more. The culinary options are incredibly limited, which didn’t help with the day to day boredom. I’m trying to remember one exciting, or even remotely useful thing that I did during the summer as a child, but I just can’t. Kids nowadays have it so much better, with all the camps and video games. Don’t get me wrong, we had both of those things when I was a kid, but I just didn’t do them. I honestly think I had an N-64, but I didn’t really use it all that much because the games weren’t all that interesting. It’s probably somewhere in my parent’s attic. We didn’t belong to a pool, and all my friends lived sorta far away, so I didn’t really do all that much. I had a bike and that was kinda fun, but then I left it out in the rain and then everything sucked again. Now that I think about it, I can’t even remember why the scent of freshly cut grass reminds me of my childhood, because most of my days were spent inside. I was an only child, so I got pretty good at playing checkers and chess by myself. Not good enough to go to any tournaments, that would have been pretty impressive. I do remember one summer doing like three or four puzzles, which somehow ranks near the top, not that it’s a really high bar for entry.

Again, I don’t want to sound like too much of a victim, my childhood wasn’t atrocious, it just wasn’t good. I guess it woulda been nice to have grown up in a better school district though.





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