As a working adult who lives in Southern California, the seasons often blur together. It’s like that movie Groundhog Day. Get up, go to work, shuttle the kids around and cram a little “me” time into the wee hours of the evening. There is no three-month long hiatus. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Still, I do love summer! It’s light into the evening, we enjoy concerts in the park, and fireworks light up the sky.
And while I dream of 12 weeks off, I love seeing my kids enjoy this season and create memories of their own. Yes, they have video games and iTunes and Cartoon Network, but it’s amazing to watch this generation embrace the spirit of summer like kids of the past – like I did decades ago.
So here are “10 things summer” my kids enjoy – and they might just remind you of some simple pleasures you enjoyed in your youth:
- Collecting rollie pollies. These poor little guys are just so cute to little people. My kids gathered a zillion already and plopped them into a plastic bin with leaves and grass and dirt. They declared it a farm or habitat or something like that. Some made it out alive. Others weren’t so lucky.
- Pool time. We don’t have a pool, but we did get a community membership this year for summer-long access. My kids could ALL DAY in the water, and they sport the tan lines to prove it.
- Club house rules. My boys and their neighborhood buds created a club house. They have rules and a little space and big plans. I love to see their creativity at work.
- Lemonade stands. The kids want to sell lemonade, or sandwiches, or do bike washes or car washes. They are mini-entrepreneurs. Note to self – must stock up on Kool-Aid for the pantry.
- Day Camp. My kids will trek off to a number of day camps over the next few weeks. Hopefully they’ll come home dirty, tired and excited to share about new adventures and friendships.
- S’mores. I suppose you can do these throughout the year, but my kids especially like these treats in the summer months as we toast marshmallows over a camp fire or around the fire pit in the backyard.
- Sprinklers, Slip n’ Slide and towels on the driveway. If only they could live in their swim trunks every day. They love bouncing to each of their neighborhood friends’ houses to cool off and lay in the sun.
- Water balloon fights. As a parent, these are such a pain to pick up over a scattered lawn, but as a kid, nothing beats an all-out water war.
- Enjoying popsicles. After all of their running around, they beg for a popsicle, which results in colored tongues, sticky fingers and drips everywhere.
- Staying up late. Between sleepovers, firework shows and vacation trips, regular bedtimes slip. Just one more minute becomes 30, and that’s OK during the sweet months of summer.
Man, I wish I could be a kid all over again, but I’m glad I get to see my kids thrive during these childhood years. It’s a different kind of bliss, and it makes me nostalgic for all things summer.