AHHHHHHHH..........it's here at last.........SUMMER!!
Really, I love all the seasons, but summer has become my favorite time of year. I thrive on warmth and sunshine, and I just love kicking back and hanging out at the river or in the back yard. Summer brings with it a lazy, laid-back attitude that relaxes me, even when I'm at work......it's like who cares if we stay up/sleep late, or we're still playing in the yard long after dark, or we eat ice cream at midnight?
Summer brings good times: country fairs, open-air concerts, farmer's markets, Fourth of July fireworks, picnics and barbecues. Summer is also full of occasions for making memories.........the kids like to remind me of the year they dared me to climb the rope at the river, and how I sailed out over the water and dropped in just like a 12-year-old........I still laugh at the recollection of the time my dad gave up his corn dogs in a trash barrel after riding the Tilt-A-Whirl at the county fair.......and then there was the night I danced in the moonlight with my then-husband-to-be, having just become engaged.........the huge water fight that involved every adult and child in our entire apartment complex......the whole family lying on a blanket out under the stars watching the Perseid meteor showers at 2 AM on a sweltering August night........giving birth to my youngest child in an air-conditioned hospital on the hottest day of 1991........making love in the swimming pool where DH and I managed apartments and wondering why EVERYONE seemed to need fresh air at three in the morning!
Yep, I love summer.........the only downside is, of course, that there is an almost 16-year-old and a 13-year-old here who are already bored out of their skulls and have begun the annual litany of complaints: It's too hot. There's nothing to do. I wanna go here, I wanna go there. We already went in the pool. No, I don't want to play badminton, we did that yesterday. Are you going to buy a trampoline this year? I'm sick of going outside. I want ice cream. There's nothing on TV. Can't we get some computer games? I don't like hot dogs. Chicken AGAIN?! Mom, the kitten pooped on my bed. Mom, Rosie barfed on the sofa, but I didn't clean it up because I didn't see it. Mom, when does school start again??