When I was around 12 or so, a dear friend of my mother's took me camping for a week. Her name was Adele, and she must have been in her 60's when we went.
Adele was an amazing lady. She lived on her own, had more energy than most teenagers and was genuinely fun to be around. Our camping trip consisted of the two of us, her brother Hugh, his wife and their son Hughie (who was 14 and a total cutie!) and a friend of hers named Ray Bernier and his son Kevin (who was 13, and also a cutie!).
I spent a week having the best time of my life!!! We hiked and fished and went horseback riding....all stuff that Adele loved to do, but no one except me in our family liked. My dad would never take his girls out fishing....so this was all new to me. I was given grown up chores to do, and was treated as a young adult and not a child.
When I look back at this 35 years later, the memories are just as clear as being there. Adele never struck me as being "old" despite her age. In fact, seeing Hughie's parents in this outdoor environment helped me see that they weren't as old as I thought either. Being outdoors and camping and having fun seemed to bring us all together in the same space, so no one's age seemed different - we were all goofy kids having a great time!
I hope everyone has great memories like this and Chutz...thanks for such a great topic!!
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