Summer officially started for us yesterday. “Happy last day of school!,” kids greeted each other as I picked up my son in school. Late mornings, sleeping in, lazy bits of time, a free-flowing daily ride. Only a few of what I am looking forward too.
I looked at our previous summer escapades and was instantly refreshed and excited.
This year, I am bent to create new summer memories while I embrace the presence of the children. They’re just growing up too fast!
Here’s a summer list to get me by…
Hold a picnic under a mango tree. Soda and sandwiches for everyone. Wine and cheese for me on a summer afternoon breeze.
Run in the field. From the home to the nearby field, to walk to it, to leave behind our slippers and just feel the grass, to run through it and be free!
Encourage the kids to go out and play their sport. One is into volleyball. One is into football. Another will play basketball. Before they go out to the world and get busy, I want to prod them to nurture this side of them. Until today, I am wondering how they are quite athletic when my husband and I are so not. But how we love watching them! Fortunately, the little one is playing in the youth pro league of football. That brings on more family bonding moments.
Take a road trip. The eldest is going off to college so a road trip is a sure thing but I’d like to take an unpalnned detour along the way, to make them feel a little bit uncertain, anticipating, to make them feel how it is to adjust, how it is to be flexible given life’s unplanned circumstances.
Take a hike. I am so bent on doing this with the kids. A short hike will do. Among the trees. Up to the mountains. Through paths in the woods. A couple of years from now, I doubt if I can still drag my kids with me to take a walk in the woods. So, now.
Teach the kids more household chores and make them own it! After a long time of not having a helper, the kids have been pitching in every now and then. This time, since they’re really growing up…it’s about time they have their own turf, when it comes to chores.
Create opportunities for story telling within the family. Over coffee. After tv. Before sleeping. While just chilling. If you get the feeling that I am racing against time to create cherished moments with the family, you are right! Someone is off to college. There’s a girlfriend to speak of. We’re almost ready to leave elementary school. I just know soon enough, they will be out of my hands. So I want to listen to their stories, tell them stories of my own.
Hopefully, these summer memories will come in handy to them someday.
So, hello summer!