What We Did
on Our Summer Vacation: 1950
Bonnie (Hazen) Nelson
sign summer holidays were right around the corner was when Mr. Cunningham,
Mr. Blue and Miss Strauce started getting us ready for finals. And
we knew that the King Edward school fair was not far off too.
the big day, the kids sold fair tickets. Mothers and dads ran the
fair booths, so we were free to have the time of our lives. My mom
ran the watermelon booth - my favorite booth being the fish pond.
The treasures we were able to catch are actual collector's items
today. If only we had had the insight to have kept them intact!
But instead we enjoyed these toys 'til they self-destructed.
rides and pet parades...my poor cats Mickey and later Blackie I'm
sure dreaded fair day, but when dressed in layers of doll clothes,
they would obediently lay motionless in doll buggies waiting to
be judged "Best Dressed Kitty" of the parade.
first days of summer vacation melted into weeks of great times.
Family outings...cottages...Point Pelee and Rondeau Park visits.
Jack Miner's...and visits to relatives outside Detroit.
the best times were the hot, sultry summer days spent in Grandma's
garden on Windermere. Carol Ann Tynan, a childhood friend and I
delighted with an old, dented, well-worn wash tub filled to the
brim with ice cold water. We would splash and squeal and giggle
those hot afternoons away. Run through the sprinkler, then sit wrapped
in towels and shiver. Or, we'd make tents out of old blankets hung
over Grand's clothes line, and camp with our cats and dolls into
the late evenings.
lived with her Mom, Dad and Nana above James' Butcher Shop around
the corner on Wyandotte so Grand's was Carol's yard to enjoy too.
United Cigar Store on the corner provided our supply of popsicles
and ice cream cups. Remember all the lids we used to collect? They
had movie star pictures on them.
at the Velvet Dairy Bar was a friend to all the neighbourhood kids.
Ice cream cones, a big double dip, were 5 cents.
one day they went up to 7 cents.
I don't know how many times in my life I think of Fred when I buy
a cone. Little did he know, that within 40 years those double dips
would cost $2.50 plus.
soda fountain and juke box are a part of my teenage memories. My
girlfriends and I closed Fred's old Dairy Bar the last night he
was open. Then he renovated and our favourite hang out was gone.
Dad and I would have hot fudge sundaes at Peerless for 25 cents.
I'm afraid I am still a hot fudge sundae lover at heart.
to Detroit to shop at Northland. Lunches at Greenfield's cafeteria
in downtown Detroit. Dinner at the Geranium Tea Room, in Windsor.
A day or two at Boblo Island, picnics on Belle Isle.
had a huge cottage at Epping Forest on Lake Erie. That's where I
learned about snakes, spiders and sun burns.
I watch scallop draggers and whales pass my house. Fresh clams are
free for the digging and ocean liners from all over the world pass
up the river to a year round ocean port.
are a novelty and lightening is rare. When I watch the Weather Network,
I'm reminded of the summer thunderstorms in Windsor - Windermere
would inevitably flood, much to the delight of the neibourhood
kids. We'd splash and carry on and float homemade boats, while dads
were busy raking leaves out of the storm drains.
Grandma used to say, most things will come to change but some things
simply remain the same.
next: the junk collector