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Endlessly short summer

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Have you noticed that a third of the summer has already ticked away?

I have.

A third of it is already gone and my list of to-do's isn't any shorter than it was a month ago.

I love summer and there are so, SO, many things I try to pack into every single summer. Summer has always been my very favorite time of year. Most of my  favorite childhood memories happened in the summer so it's important to me that I try to get all those same happy memories into the boys' heads.

We need to catch fish, camp-out in the backyard, hike some mountains, light some fireworks (yeah, not gonna happen this year,) dip our toes into the ocean, and let our feet fly off our bike pedals down really steep hills.

Do you remember when summer used to be long? Like, if you ate one more popsicle at the pool you'd die of complete boredom?

But from a parent perspective, summer is so short. When you have kids, summer is just a blink and we still have so, so much to do. 

We need to take a hellaciously long car trip and play I Spy. We need to teach them how to grow and appreciate a good tomato. We need to explain the tradition of June weddings and let them dance on our feet. And we need to remember to look up at the stars.

So, excuse me if my blogging falls to the wayside these next few weeks, but I'm super busy making lifetime of memories for my kids.



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Dang! A third over already? I gotta get stuff done.

Man!  There’s birthdays and backpacking and family visits…and I haven’t gotten any of it done yet!  I thought summer was supposed to be lazy?

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