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A multi-generational tradition with HERHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE

Hershey’s S’Mores a Bondfire Must!

Summer might be over but our vacation will be a lasting memory for my mom, kids and me.   I cherish my memories of summer vacations with my grandparents in Cape Cod when I was a little girl.  Certain smells, sounds and tastes can evoke those memories instantly like the smell of the ocean, the sound of seagulls, a crackling campfire and the taste of Hershey’s S’mores.

My grandparents have long since passed away and now, instead of Cape Cod, our family vacation destination is a beach house we rent in Rhode Island.  But everything else has remained the same.  OK, now the kids have their iTouches rather than the Etch-A-Sketch that I had, but their excitement in anticipating our summer vacation with their grandparents is the same.    These vacations have become rather bittersweet recently as my father is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s and recently had a stroke.  I’m not sure how many more summer family vacations will happen but my mom was committed to joining us this year.  Being a part of her grandkid’s lives is what makes her happiest.   This year, more than ever, I was committed to carrying on the traditions and recreating past summer vacations as closely as possible.  And, it was perfect in its simplicity.  Days were filled with bike rides to the farm stand, hunting for shells on the beach, bodysurfing, games of scrabble and outdoor barbeques.  Along with the  upgrade from the Etch-A-Sketch to the iTouch was an official Hershey’s S’mores making kit rather than the long twigs we used to use.  I must admit, as The Safety Mom , this was a welcome improvement!

We might not be sitting around a campfire but our grill did the trick just as well in creating smells and tastes that my kids and I will remember for a lifetime.

This post is part of my participation in the HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE campaign. All opinions expressed are mine.

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