*Today I’m over at WOW – Women’s on Writing talking about childhood memories!*

Ahh, summer is almost here. There’s nothing quite like it and as a child, it is one of the most exciting times of the year.

When you think back to your childhood and summer what’s the first thought that pops into your head? I would imagine that thought left a smile on your face, didn’t it? Did you remember a place, a memory, a smell? Or something that combined all three?

For me, there are three memories that seem to collide into one. The sound of the waves as it lapped the beach, the smell of the campfire that burned almost every weekend and the excitement of being free to do whatever I wanted as long as it was outdoors.
One of my favorite memories as a child was going to the local town fair. Back then, they were huge in the rural areas. All the smalltowns had one. I remember being able to plan my weekends by which town had a fair. I grew to love cotton candy, become an expert at eating candied apples without getting the sweet sugar stuck in between my teeth and knew what rides to not take after eating hotdogs. I remember running through the crowds with my best friends, throwing pies at my favorite teachers and I still feel the excitement of winning the largest stuffed bear in the world.

As I think back—almost every summer that I can remember has a town fair memory attached to it, even up to now, living in a city where the ‘largest outdoor show in the world’ is hosted—the Calgary Stampede. This is probably why the fair scene in my bestselling novelFinding Emma is so important to the story. It was also one of the hardest scenes for me to write.

Now it’s your turn. When you thought back to your childhood and summer, what was your first memory? 


If you’d like to read about other memories, join me on the “Everybody’s Talking About” tour today. The list of stops are:

A Ponderance of Things: http://rcponders.wordpress.com

A Tattered Past: http://www.tatteredpast.blogspot.com/

Catch A Star As It Falls: http://celestialgldfsh.livejournal.com/

It’s All Kid’s Play blog: http://itsallkidsplay.ca/blog/

Jamie Anne Richardson: www.jamieannerichardson.com

Jennie K. Brown: www.jenniekwrites.com

Jennifer Greenleaf: http://www.jennifergreenleaf.com/

Lisa M. Buske: http://lisabuske.weebly.com/blog.html

Margo Dill’s Read These Books and Use Them: http://margodill.com/blog/

Sierra Dawn, Write On: http://sierradawnwriteon.wordpress.com/

The Birthday Wall: http://thebirthdaywall.blogspot.com/

The Dream Hour: http://dream-hour.com/

The Guilty Parent: http://theguiltyparent.com

Words by Webb: http://jodiwebb.com/