Providence Hall Junior High
Oh How Times Have Changed
If you did not have a chance to get out and enjoy the AMAZING weather this weekend, don't worry, this week is shaping to have some lovely and much-needed rain showers, along with what looks like some beautiful Spring sneak peeks of sunshine.
There is always something about Spring that takes me back to a time when the world looked immensely different from how it looks today. If I haven't shared before, I was raised for the majority of my younger years, in Vernal, Utah. Although Mr. Summers says, "Vernal is the armpit of Utah," as a local girl, I am here to tell you, he is one hundred percent wrong.
As I am nearing the end of the time of my life where we are raising our kids, I can't help but think about how both their childhoods along with all of our Patriots, looks vastly different from anything that we grew up around. As a mom of teens, I am 100% grateful for the technology that we have that not only allows us to communicate at lightning speed, but also allows us to know where our people are, as well as talk to people from literally anywhere in the world.
This was not in any way, shape, or form what communication or supervision looked like in my
One specific example that still makes me giggle to this day, is thinking about the Yellow Aquanoodle, a one slide water park nestled just outside of Vernal. If any of you have ever been raised by a single working mom, then you know, that sometimes moms have to get, shall we say, creative with childcare, and as luck would have it, I got to be the kid that got to take advantage of that situation each and every summer.
One to two times a week, my mom would pack me in the old Lincoln, with a couple of towels, a swimming suit, and one of those floaty tube life jackets that you had to pretty much had to heavily grease to get it over your head and pulled down below your chest. We would pull up to the glorious Yellow Aquanoodle right as it would open, and it was all I could do to not tuck and roll myself out of the moving car in an effort to get there as quickly as humanly possible.
Mom would walk me in, give the person taking the admission fee her payment, then walk to the snack bar, and hand them a ten-dollar bill which they knew was for me to use to feed myself throughout the day. She would then, wrestle with the donut floaty to get it tightly secured, and then gave me a kiss and left for the day. It was just me, a giant yellow tube filled with rushing water, a billion stairs to climb, and a snack bar filled with enough chocolate, soda, ice cream, and chips to keep me well fed and content for the entire day.
Were there options for healthy snacks?
Did I tell my mom that is what I ate?
Did I really ever eat anything besides chips and chocolate?
Not a chance.
I didn't see my mom until it was time to close, and when she picked me up, I slept from the time I hit the car, until breakfast the next morning, and was always inquiring about when I would be able to go back again. No one thought anything of it, and as long as I didn't cause any trouble and had money to pay for food, in my head, I was the queen of the Yellow Aquanoodle Kindom.
Now you all know as well as I do, that would never happen in our world today, and as I think back on raising my kids, I really can't remember when the world stopped feeling as safe as it did when I was young. Maybe it was with the invention of the internet, and access to the knowledge that the world is so much bigger than what we can even wrap our heads around today.
I feel lucky that we live in a time where our Patriots get to experience so much more of the world and I live for the moments where I get to watch their eyes roll as I tell them, " you know back in my day..." I hope this week we can all take a moment to remember our roots and remain curious and open to learning about our future.
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