There’s something about this time of year that brings to mind a yellow bus full of happy campers and a chorus of kids singing, “Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times?” https://youtu.be/USvMWm-ZqvQ
Of course, in reality, I will not be passing away the hot, lazy days of summer engaging in camp color wars with Bill Murray and the North Star CITs. In fact, much of my summer will be spent in front of a computer screen in an air-conditioned office cubicle, where summer doesn’t really exist. (But I’m not complaining, mind you).
When I was a kid, summers seemed to last forever. The days blended together into one long, sunny stretch filled with library books, cartoons, and swimming, with one glorious week at Y camp to break the monotony. Perhaps it is only nostalgia, but it seems that it was those lovely days of boredom and daydreaming that made childhood such a wonderful thing.
Now, my own three kids are filled with the same sense of excited anticipation that I remember from that age. “One more week of school, and then we’re free!” Free to swim every day. Free to read books and play video games until Mom makes us turn off the screens. Free to chase down the ice cream truck and spend our allowance on overpriced Spongebob popsicles. Free to run barefoot and color on the pavement with chalk and pick wild blackberries until our fingers are tattooed with purple ink. Free!
I am excited for my kids, too, and happy that they still have this portion of their lives in which they can be relatively free of responsibilities (other than the usual household chores). In which they have the opportunity to try out new recipes, to create new games to play, to learn how to code, and to just be. That kind of free time in life disappears all too soon. Next thing you know, you’re sitting before a computer screen in some air-conditioned office, counting down the minutes until the weekend begins, and you can share some of those golden summer moments floating in a lake with your kids.
Our Family’s Summer Wish List
|Camping near Mount Shasta||Roller coasters|
|Summer cooking project||San Francisco for dim sum|
|Reading a ton of books||Frisbee/Frisbee Golf|
|Watching TV (esp. Manga)||Picnics at different parks|
|Play fort sleepovers in the living room||Going to the drive-in|
|Family movie nights||The Beach (preferably in SoCal)|
|Roller skating at the rink||Learning how to code with Raspberry Pi|
|Swimming (in the pool and in lakes)||Overdosing on video games|
|Kayaking and paddle boarding||Building a new computer|