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Journaling Prompt – Summertime: Compare and Contrast

July 8th, 2009 by Avital
Summer time, Compare and Contrast
[Photo by: Per Ola Wiberg]

Some things never change in the summertime. The sun is shining (well, in some places more than in others). The weather is warmer. Sweet summer fruits are ripening. Swimsuits are hung on stores’ displays and there’s a special smell – a summer smell – in the air.

Some things, however, do change over the years.

Nowadays summer means slathering on sun protection lotions with SPF 70, whereas years ago it meant frying up your skin at the beach all day long trying to absorb vitamin D.

When you were young the summer meant a long 2-months vacation whereas later on in life you start budgeting your vacation days throughout the year.

While summer means “fun time” to a kid – it also means hearing “i’m bored” 10,000 times per day, i.e: not so fun, to a parent.

While summer once meant becoming a couch-potato, it now means adventurous hikes and long bike rides (or vice-versa…).

Some things change and some things remain the same.

For this week’s journaling prompt write what the summer means from at least two different points of view.

Some points of view to consider: [all relate to age and time]

  • What it means to you vs. what it meant to your parents when they were your age.
  • What it means to you vs. what it means to your kids.
  • What it means to your kids now vs. What it meant to you as a kid.
  • What it means to you now vs. what it meant to you as a kid.


In which two different perspectives do you see the summertime? Leave a comment and share 🙂


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