Like many families, we try to cram what summer activities we can into the long weekend, playing hard and with a sense of urgency. But even during that urgent play, there's also a sense of reflection over the last weeks. What were the really great parts of summer and what might we like to avoid in the future?
Some responses are expected: Alfs loved sailing, Woody loved his theater program, and Sunshine enjoyed the beach and the library. Some responses are unexpected, however: Alfs wishing he'd spent more time with a particular friend (huh? I don't remember him asking to see that friend at all!) or Sunshine mentioning the time she spent painting with a sitter (note to self: more art supplies at the next gift-giving occasion).
When I think back to the bits of my summer (not just the kids), I think about how grateful I am that I found a good sitter to help with the kids. I think about how I could have planned more grown-up time with just my husband, and ways to streamline beach trips and meals and all sorts of little things. I think about the house projects/maintenance completed and not completed. Most in the not column.
Good-bye, summer. We'll miss you.
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