The Lazy, Hazy, Days of Summer

 

Summer vacation is right around the corner, and the truth? I’m looking forward to it. I’ve always been a huge believer that summers are meant to be lazy. Do you remember those old Country Time Lemonade commercials? The ones with the tire swings and the setting sun across the acres of grass all viewed from the rocking chair on the wrap around porch. Those commercials sum up summer for me. Summer isn’t meant to be filled with a calendar of scheduled events. Oh, I know the world we live in has changed, and everyone is doing their best, but one thing hasn’t changed. Kids are kids and summertime is all about them.

We all have favorite memories of being a kid in the summer. I loved chasing lightning bugs around the yard at dusk. They’re still the only bugs that don’t freak me out. I don’t look back on my life and wish my mother had planned more for me. We had a pool, and let me tell you what, not a very pretty one. It was above ground, the filter never worked right and stones were always popping through the liner. But guess what, no one cared. My friends could come over whenever I wanted. We spent hours in that silly pool. Those are nice memories.

I want my kids to relax this summer because it won’t be long before they’re in the “real world” and a summer day will be like every other. I want them to go for bike rides, swim in the pool (not the same one. My mother couldn’t wait to take that thing down.) Stay outside until the sun sets and then sit on the porch with a sugary drink. I want them to laugh, lick melted ice cream from a sugar cone, and make memories. Even be bored from time to time. I want them to be able to look back on their lives and remember what it felt like to be a kid.

Sure, there will be summer homework, because schools assign it and there is the mandatory marching band camp, but other than that, we’re free and I like that feeling because it comes along once in a hot summer.

So, here’s to the hazy, lazy days of summer. I raise my cold, glass of lemonade to you. And if you’ve got some free time, come and sit on the porch and rock for awhile.

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3 thoughts on “The Lazy, Hazy, Days of Summer

  1. I’m terrible at just hanging out no matter what the season, but if I could spend the bulk of my summer free time on the tennis court, that’s just as good for me, lol. And Older Son is starting to like it out there, too. Our memories will just be stop-and-start, lol.

    Get me directions to that porch. Lemonade and ice cream sound yummy 😉

  2. First off I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you
    don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
    I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.
    I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted just trying to
    figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips?
    Cheers!

    1. I have tried a number of different approaches to get ready for my writing day. You can try going for a walk before writing and think through what you’re about to work on. You could stop the day before in the middle of the scene so when you sit down the next day you know where to begin and aren’t looking for a new idea to start with. Sometimes you’ll sit there for 10 minutes, but don’t quit. And I always say just write down anything. You can always go back and edit later.

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