School’s out this week and summer is virtually here! I never really think about summer as being my favorite season – you know, the extreme heat, killer mosquitoes, humidity and frizzy hair. I’ve always considered fall as my favorite. But, as I look back at life, I’d really have to choose summer.
When my girls were small and growing, summer was definitely our time to be together. Other than softball, there was no real schedule other than what we chose to do. I was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom until my youngest was in school, then I went to school and became a teacher. So my schedule always revolved around theirs. I always looked forward to the last day of school and was never ready for school to start in the fall. Looking back on the summers in my past, I can honestly say that they were the best times of my life.
Summer was the season that we saw Mimi and the girls’ cousins more, had cook-outs and went to bargain movies. We slept later, stayed up later, built forts over the couch, camped, had friends over and just generally enjoyed life. (Now, if they’re asked they might also mention watching my soap operas but I seriously think their memories have diminished over the years!)
As the girls grew, their schedules became busier, their friends became more important, and our home time decreased, but we were still together for vacations. We made our yearly sojourns to our favorite beach and some of our best conversations came in the car on those long trips.
Now summer days for me are filled with reading, renovating, and DIY projects around the house. I suddenly have time for things I had been putting off. I have time to sit on my porch and remember summers past.
I hope y’all enjoy these sweet days of summer and find a good spot for remembering!