What Happened to Summer?

I fondly think of Summers-past. Lazy days full of book reading, watermelon seed spitting, and sleeping on the trampoline. There was so much time to stay up late watching movies, eating popcorn, playing board games with my siblings, going to camp. I would get bored, find something new to do, and be off on another adventure. There were afternoons full of softball games and naps. I would have time to go outside and make whistles out of a single blade of thick grass. I could play capture the flag, kick the can, or other games. I could talk to my friends for hours about dreams of the future. Summer was for vacations and dripping ice cream or Popsicles.

What happened to Summer?

Now my Summer days are full of busy library questions, learning new songs and rhymes for the 70-ish people that come to my story time. Vacations that I actually have to plan or get ready for. Oil changes, cleaning the house, shopping for groceries, and frantically reading for book reviews. I leave my apartment at 8:30 a.m. and feel lucky if I get home before 9:00 p.m. Is this how grown-up Summers are? Or am I another victim of an over-scheduled, organized, can’t-say-no mentality? Maybe both.

Don’t get me wrong. I still love Summer. It is still one of my most favorite times of year (when it is sunny and acting like Summer). But, I often have a twinge of nostalgia when I realize that Summer now flies by a touch faster than the rest of the year, except the winter holidays. If you sneeze you’ll miss that whole time of year.

Even though I am busy, I still think I am happiest in Summer. Just the thought that Summer=Happiness makes life better. Even if it is the memory of school-less days with little or no responsibilities. Just saying it is Summer makes me smile…as if the memory of Summer days gone by erases the fact that I still need to tend my mini garden, clean for company, or throw together another dish for that other Summer potluck that I haven’t been to yet. This is Summer, the time when memory is stronger than to-do lists. When no matter how busy you are, there is always enough daylight to add one more project or visit. Isn’t it great?

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