Summers come and go like the fading sound of an ice cream truck making its rounds on the sun-baked streets. For some, being able to enjoy that iced revival is yet another release amongst the heat. Yet for others, it’s a matter of small convenience that the neighboring kids flagged down the truck near their home. People around PCC reflect on a time when none of that really mattered in the three-month hiatus that is their summer break.
“Running around the street, playing hide-and-seek, boxing and walking to the nearest store to pick up some snacks,” said PCC facility worker William Ambrose, sifting through the better memories of his 30-year-old frame. “Oh, and Chaco Tacos from ice cream trucks.”
Ambrose is not alone when it comes to distant recollections of just being and little else.
Nineteen-year-old nursing student Mark De La Cruz shared his summer moments: “I remember playing video games, all the toys, just watching cartoons. I used to meet up with a bunch of my friends at our old school so we could play basketball,” said De La Cruz, “just chilling.”
“Everyone has a summer to remember,” the old axiom that is held true by the subtle smirks made whenever heard, usually belongs to the eyes of a younger self. Ambrose explains that the sense of awe and peace wanes as the years begin to pass and the world lowers its expectant responsibilities on one’s shoulders. “The younger you are, the more you just to get to enjoy the summer. As you get older, it stops becoming what it used to be. There’s just so much to worry about,” said Ambrose.
“You’re really stressed, because as you get older, you’re in-between, trying to find your path in life,” said 20-year-old Carlos Morales on the reasons the campus itself is filled with a hum during the days that were usually spent with school, kicked to the curb of ponderous things.
A novel idea is being able to relive those three months in midst of bliss, free of work or academia. “I would have myself a Mae Day!” sings 20-year-old English education major Mae Ramirez. “A day where I don’t have to worry about anyone or anything other than what I feel like. Just be a recluse and read books with no one at home.”
When given that opportunity, many admit that given who they are now, their usage of that time wouldn’t differ so much from their areas of study or goals. “As you get older, you try to be more productive with your time,” says Melissa Haselroth, a 27-year-old anthropology student. “My summer would be more or less influenced on what I was doing at school,” said Haselroth.
Despite students’ affinity for squeezing moments for all they could merit, being able to slow down the world and remembering the tips of your fingers before it’s back to the 9-month drag onto the stage of stressful beckoning should never be forgotten.
“The more fun you have, the more memories they bring,” said 19-year-old Automotive Tech major Christian Diep. Summer is only half started.