It has been unmercifully hot the past few nights here in Ocean Pines. I cannot remember the last time we were able to sleep with our windows open at night. We’ve become so dependent on air conditioning, I often wonder how we ever survived before.
The thoughts of the time before we all had AC brings back a lot of memories of what it was like, surviving a summer in Duquesne. I am sure we will all agree that it was quite as hot as it feels in the present day, so we had an opportunity to really appreciate the outdoors a lot more.
Just for fun, I’ve begun my list of favorite summertime memories growing up. Of course, Kennywood is a given, so I didn’t mention it in my list. However, I would enjoy hearing about some of your favorite Duquesne Summertime Memories, so please leave a comment and share it will all of us.
1. Four o’clock flowers growing all around the neighborhood
2. Fields of lightening bugs
3. Tires on the bricks of Kennedy Ave. and throughout Duquesne
4. Kroger trucks delivering their shipments in the middle of the night.
6. The low murmur of neighbors talking on front porch while you drifted off to sleep at night
7. The Hungarian Reform Church carillon on Sunday mornings
8. Fields of Queen Ann’s Lace
9. Geraniums filling the greenhouses at Kopriver’s
10. PAT buses roar and doors opening
12. Projects at the playground
13. The taste of water through the garden hose
14. Tiger lilies along the side of the road along Duquesne Rd., aka Rt. 837 toward Dravosburg
15. The smell of grilled burgers filling the air around the Duquesne Place Dairy Queen Brazier
16. Scavenging for empty pop bottles in empty lots and fields along the road
17. The drone of the transformers from the Duquesne Light Sub-Station located between Martin Street and Mifflin Street
18. Splitting and sharing a popsicle with your friend
19. The smell of chlorine from the swimming pool at the library.
20. Playing games in the middle of the street until the dark of night while your parents gabbed with the neighbors on the front porch
21. The thrill of going to the Duquesne Annex Fire Station’s Summer Fair at the top of Mellon Street
22. The sight of my dad coming home on a hot summer night carrying the familiar white cardboard box that Jim’s Hot Dogs used for take outs.
23. The sound of crickets filling the night air as I tried to fall asleep on a warm summer night with our bedroom windows open…. truly a summer symphony!
24. The ever present cacophony of machinery, distant trains and metal hitting metal that echoed over the hills from Duquesne’s steel mills.
25. The evening test of the siren at the Duquesne Annex Fire Station. I think it was tested every evening at 6 or 7 p.m.
26. Walking down Kennedy Ave from my home on Thomas Street to the library for swimming lessons and back home again. Always carried my bathing suit rolled tightly into my towel.
27. Wearing my heavy cassock and surplus and sweating while serving the 11 o’clock High Mass at Holy Name on a summer Sunday.
28. Weekend family picnics at my Uncle Gray’s and Aunt Helen’s house on Kenny St. in West Mifflin. No particular occasion other than just a reason to get together.
29. Watching my brother’s little league games at the ball field that was between City Hall and the high school, and sitting on the concrete bleachers that lined the field on the Kennedy Avenue side.
30. The special thrill of playing with grade school friends living throughout Duquesne all summer and being able to safely walk or ride my bike to any of their houses with a worry.