Summer Nights at the Beach

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on June 27, 2013 in Anecdote, Nature |

080I took a drive by the beach at 11:00 the other night to take a look at the moon. It wasn’t quite the “super moon” anymore, but it was still big and bright. As I slowly drove down the one-way beach road, windows down, music loud, I noticed how many teens were out and about.

Several groups of just boys or just girls, a couple of mixed groups, and lots of couples. All looking impossibly young to be out on their own at 11:00 at night. Then again, I’ve always looked impossibly young for whatever stage of life I’m in. (I blame this skewed perception of age on TV and movies, where most teen roles are played by non-teens.)

Then I remembered my own days as a teen hanging at those very same beaches (yup, I’m a lifer here in my hometown!). The thick summer air cut only by the cool breeze off the water. Crickets chirping and waves lightly crashing. Too-short shorts not covering enough skin. Sand squishing between my toes.

It was summer and we were free. Free from school, free from wearing all but the skimpiest of clothing, and free to be reckless and stupid. My friends and I were most likely doing things we probably won’t tell our kids about now and things we definitely didn’t want our parents to find out about then. Those were the days, indeed!

It’s good writing fodder to have a rush of memories like that. Makes me feel both young and old, if you know what I mean. What are your fond memories of summertime as a teen?

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  • I love this post. It really is good to sit down and reflect and remember the feelings and emotions of those times.

    • Thanks, Christina! It’s funny how so many things have changed since I was a teen, but the emotions of being a teen stay the same, no matter how much time has passed. So important to remember that when writing for teens.

  • Meradeth says:

    Ahh, I’m totally having beach envy right now 🙂 Summer for me sings of sunshine and fields of sunflowers. And now I’m missing home… lol!

  • Mirka Breen says:

    You grew up and stayed in a lovely place, if teens can hang out safely at 11:00 anywhere, let alone the beach. I can’t say that about my hometown, (Jerusalem) or my grown-up town. I hope The Boy gets to experience this when he is a teen also. Here’s to safe and beautiful beach towns.

  • Erin says:

    I love summer and the beach!! As a teen, I loved staying up late and sleeping in the next morning. I loved having no responsibilities and total freedom. I’d love to have some of that back…just a taste…

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