This blog article really has nothing to do with surfing but all to do with youth. And since I fell in love with surfing as a youth, I guess this does connect to surfing through “The Joy of Youth.”
With summer quickly coming to an end and school getting ready to go back into session for another academic year, at this time of year I find myself thinking back to my own youthful days as a kid “growing up”. My backyard was the beautiful farmland and wooded valleys of southeastern Pennsylvania during the school year and the beaches of South Jersey in the summertime. The picture to the right is me and my gang of buddies circa 1968 roaming the streets of Avalon, NJ on our bikes from dawn till nightfall, the original “biker gang” looking for adventure. We always seemed to find it, and those days were absolutely “the joy of youth”! For me it all happened many years ago but it seems to be just a moment ago.
In case you’ve never seen this Bruce Springsteen video, it’s “The Boss” singing his classic song “Growin’ Up” which is off of his first Album “Greetings From Asbury Park”. In the video, Bruce pulls a kid up on stage from the audience who looks to be about 16 yrs. old and the kid rocks out the song, much to the joy and amazement of “The Boss” and the rest of the E Street Band. One more cool fact to go along with this – I saw Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band live in spring of 1974 in a little coffee house called The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pa. soon after their 1973 launch of the “Greetings” album. I was on a blind date with a very nice girl and made a memory of a lifetime by seeing Springsteen in a venue that only sat about 200 people.
” Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, old time is still a’flying; and this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will soon be dying.” Carpe Diem!