In my neck of the woods folks who have children of a certain age are doing a dead sprint through end of school year activities: piano recitals, baseball tournaments, travel soccer games, gymnastics meets, dance recitals, graduations, band concerts, field trips and end-of-the year fill in the blank.
I’m ready for Summer. True, I still have to work, but I’m ready for a different rhythm, some more free space to do stuff and the trips we have planned.
Please tell us five things you are doing this Summer.
Bonus? One thing you’re not doing, but WANT to be doing.
And if you happen to live in a place where this does not apply, let us know what you do in the Summer.
First, let me say I *so* get that. I love the changeover from school year to summer vacation because even though it presented challenges when my kids were younger, it still meant a respite from the routine of the rest of the year. And in Maine, the season of walking out the front door without considering which outerwear is appropriate is pitifully short. I love it while I have it.
Here are five things I’m looking forward to doing this summer.
1) Drinking iced coffee with ice cubes made from coffee.
This is a discovery at the new donut place in Portland, The Holy Donut. We now have ice cube trays of coffee ice cubes at home, too. This way ou avoid drinking watered-down iced coffee. LP points out that if I would drink my coffee at the normal speed, there would be no problem, nor any need to continually “zap” hot coffee, either. Ahem.
2) Vacation #1.
Sometime next Friday I will be drinking coffee, iced or otherwise, at a favorite place with my sweetheart. And that it happens to be right across the street from where they made one of my favorite TV shows is simply a bonus.
As if that weren’t enough, we then go on to hear #2 Son play at the National Music Festival. Since my plane ticket was purchased well before we got news of the very nearby festival, this feels like the best kind of Holy Spirit intervention.
And then I get to go to a picnic and meet what I hope will be new friends, and see some old friends, too. All this makes me happy.
3) Take the dog to the beach.
East End Beach in Portland is a great place to take a dog in the evening, because the sun is over the other way. After 5, dog people flock there on the hot days. Hoagie doesn’t care about going in the water, but there are some very “insteresting” sniffs.
4. The Farmer’s Market.
I love it.
In Portland the Farmer’s Market is in a big park. People bring their dogs and their babies. After 25 years, I feel like I’m friends with some of the farmers. And it’s also a place to see people with eclectic interests giving out information about their favored causes, as well as musicians and jugglers hoping for donations.
Mostly, I’m grateful to be able to buy local produce that truly tastes like summer: lettuce, strawberries, tiny little yellow squash, and especially the late summer delight, corn.
5. Vacation #2, the Real Beach.
The real bonus would be having my sons there, too, but they have busy grown-up lives and performance conflicts this year. Someday!