The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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This memory was collected at Drexel University.  Giancarlo remembered the summers he goes hiking with his friends and swimming in the reservoir near his home.  He spoke about the heat and the sight and feel of the hike and swim.  He also recalled how his friends are adventurous and make him do things he wouldn't otherwise do--like going cliff diving into the water.

We all breathed a sigh of relief once we saw the hot sun glistening off the dark water.  It wasn’t easy hiking for an hour in the August heat, but we liked it.  We liked feeling the sun on our backs and the rocks beneath our bare feet.  It felt good breathing in the hot, summer air and pretending like we were cavemen on a random adventure.

I looked over to Leo, Alex, and Brooke, once we reached the rocks that surrounded the reservoir, and saw small beads of sweat shining on their foreheads, evidence of our long hike.  I had missed going on hikes with them and swimming in the seemingly endless water and forgetting about the world outside.  It was nice finally seeing them again after a long year at school.

I let out another tired breath and took in the scenery around me.  It was calm and quiet and there was nobody around for miles.  

“What are we waiting for?” Alex asked as he elbowed me lightly in my ribs, pulling me out of my thoughts.

I looked back at him and didn’t say anything before taking my clothes off and diving into enticing water.

Split Rock

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August 2000s
Split Rock near Morristown NJ

This memory was collected at Drexel University. Giancarlo remembered the summers he goes hiking with his friends and swimming in the reservoir near his home. He spoke about the heat and the sight and feel of the hike and swim. He also recalled how his friends are adventurous and make him do things he wouldn't otherwise do--like going cliff diving into the water.

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by Derya Yilmaz on April 1, 2014
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