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.