Summer: It's Not Over Yet!Written by Carol Rice
Ok, I accept the fact that soon everyone will be writing posts about chilly days, sharpened pencils and the beauty of routine and order. But just for today, can it still be summer!
Ok, I accept the fact that soon everyone will be writing posts about chilly days, sharpened pencils and the beauty of routine and order. Truth told, I may even write one of those. But today, I just want it to stay summer. I don't like going from 100 degree weather into craft store aisles displaying Fall wreaths, Christmas garland, ornaments and gift bags hanging next to 4th of July plates. I want to soak in the sun laying in the sand at our neighborhood lake, cook dinner on my BBQ and watch a movie with my kids without worrying what time the alarm is going off the next morning. I don't want to be bombarded with ads for “back to school” shopping and emails from school counselors talking about classes filling up fast. I want to drive up the canyon, hike to a waterfall and sit around a campfire until the only light that competes with it comes from twinkling stars above.
Summer isn't over – dang it!
I want to sit out on my back patio and play a game of cards or devour a book. So, in honor of that, I did a little upgrade to our patio furniture - just to prove there's still plenty of time to enjoy it.
Prior to this DIY upgrade, my patio furniture was looking kind of shabby, green and rusty. I spent some time wiping it all down with some steel wool to clean and buff it up a little. Then I spray painted it a happy shade of purple. Voila! "Brand new" patio furniture! Check out these "after" pictures and then go spend some time celebrating summer... for as long as you can!
Or maybe it's just my private rebellion against the school supply ads.
What are you still going to squeeze out of summer?
I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.
As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."
Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.
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