I went back to my alma mater a few years ago and as I walked along the campus I couldn’t help but feel completely out of place. The college kids looked younger than when I was there as a student…but that could be because I am a lot older than them now. Man, we must have looked like babies. All the paths I frequented as I walked to class, the bench I used to sit at waiting for my husband’s class to get out, the smell of the fresh bread coming from the Cougar Eat….all those brought back wonderful memories yet also felt like I had outgrown that part of my life. Are there places like that in your life? While I love visiting the place where I experienced some awesome times, there are other places that feel more like home to me.
Every summer for a few weeks, I take the kids back to my parent’s house although it’s not the house I grew up in. The house itself doesn’t hold many memories from my childhood because I wasn’t really there. I was already in college about to get married. The town they live in as well as the surrounding areas do have special places in my heart: the beaches, pizzerias, ice cream shops, amusement parks, etc. I remember going to those places as a child and coming back to them as an adult with her own children brings a sort of reliving that memory. Seeing you children run down the same walking paths and swimming in the same waters as I did, this time with grandparents, is magical.
swimmers c/o rad revolution kids
*these swimmers are my favorite! great quality even after many washes and many dips in the water*
Cove Island Park is in Stamford, CT (the town I grew up in) and as children, my brothers and I used to ride bikes on the paths, go for walks, dig holes and build sandcastles in the sand, kayak in the water (p.s. wear water shoes!) and have a bbq with family. When we went there with my kids it was like seeing little figments of my brothers roaming free, kicking the soccer ball and splashing in the water. They loved playing at the playground, which wasn’t there when I was little, rolling down the hill and blowing bubbles next to the ice skating rink. And taking a ride on the train is always fun for the kids.
infant sun hat (similar linked) c/o little sun hat
*love a hat that a baby can’t rip off! and has awesome coverage to protect her from the sun’s rays*
A stop at Cove Pizza completes an eventful day at the beach. Pizza is a staple in our family and while we LOVE New Jersey pizza the best, we love pizza on the East Coast. Sorry other places, the East Coast just has something in the water with pizza. You just can’t compete. That and bagels. The ice cream is pretty dang good, too. Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk is close to the water and has that small town feel to it. I love seeing people walk around smiling with their families just enjoying the joy that long summer days bring. And while I don’t live in Connecticut anymore, I still feel a connection to it and am so happy that my kids get to see the beauty New England has to offer.
*if you’re looking for modest bathing suits this is a great one. also nursing friendly!*
Do you guys like going back to your hometown?