Eat more, do more, swim more
“Just Play, have fun, enjoy the game.” Michael Jordan
It was hot--even for July. It was even hotter inside of the black Ford Explorer, where my dog Coco was sitting and panting. Luckily it was a short drive up to Kennebunk. I’ve been going to Kennebunk all my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. From the wiffle ball field to riding my bike just about everywhere. This summer in Maine gave me experiences with friends and family I’ll never forget. The fun started on the week of the 4th of July
We were going up for the week of the 4th of July with all my family and my friend Izzy. He had never been up to Maine so we had to show him everything we did. My mom made an excellent dinner as always. After dinner we went to this ice cream place called Rococo. They have weird flavors such as Salty Sweet Cream and Strawberry Habenero. Izzy got Maine Whoopie pie and I got Salty Sweet Cream. It was Salty, Sweet, and Creamy. We headed home and went to bed. The next day was a big beach day. We got our spike ball, towels, and boogie boards and headed to the beach. We quickly got in the water and stayed in for hours. We developed a technique where we let the waves crash over us while we were in back floats. We would go up and over the waves. It felt so weird but was fun. We came out for one reason only. Food.
In Kennebunk there is an excellent sandwich shop called Bennett’s. Bennett’s was owned by the same family for over 20 years until it was bought in 2016. Thankfully the new owners didn’t change anything and the sandwiches are still the same. They make Italians, Hamburger subs, chicken tenders, but mainly, The Philly Cheesesteak. Equal parts steak and cheese. It is gooey and tastes best with bacon and pickles. Izzy loved this place and so do I. After we ate our sandwiches, guess what? We got back in the water with our boogie boards and rode the waves.
After swimming, we went to the wiffle ball field. It looks like a baseball field but has a metal strike zone, shorter fence, and no dirt. I spent so much time there this summer. I hit 15 home runs and while that may sound like a lot, my brother Rory hit 30. The teams were Izzy and I against my dad and Rory. The first inning went well and we both got on base and scored runs. Then as my brother got up to bat, I got nervous. I know very well that he is a much better athlete. First pitch was a home run. A long bomb into center field. I smiled because I gave him a great pitch to hit. He was happy but that ended when I bombed one to left in the next inning and when Izzy hit a wall-ball to left as well and got a double. Even though we lost, it was no hard feelings because it was only a game.
Then on the 4th of July, things really got fun. My sister had a bunch of her friends up and we all hung out at the beach. We went swimming and we played spikeball. I’m also insane at spike ball so everyone lost. We played one more wiffleball game before dinner. My sister and her friends are all pretty great athletes so we knew what we were getting into. We lost but we had fun. My sisters friend who isn’t the best athlete hit a big home run that propelled their win which was surprising but awesome. We then hopped in the car to go home to our house. For dinner my mom barbecued burgers and steak and hot dogs. After dinner, we grabbed sparklers and headed to the beach where Izzy and I met our friend Tucker, who also has a house there. We watched the fireworks, ate dessert, then slept
It seemed we would be going to the beach, playing Wiffle Ball, and eating sandwiches from Bennett’s. But On this one day, we went up to Portland. In Portland we were trying to go to this incredible diner, called Betsy’s. They have awesome pancakes and corned beef hash. Sadly the wait was too long, so we couldn’t go, but we went to an Irish pub. Izzy got buffalo wings and I got Mac and cheese. They were both incredible. After we went to this awesome comic book store, and then a video game store. It showed me how even if your plan goes wrong, you can still have fun, and that’s exactly what we did.
In the end, this week was a perfect model of my summer. It had its ups and downs. It rained a couple of times and the plan didn’t go the way we wanted it to go. We still saw the fireworks and hit long bombs over the fence. Other than going to Italy, this was a perfect way to start my summer. When you’re with family and friends you’ll always have fun and enjoy the times.