I was flipping back through the old blog, trying to get a feel for what summer was like last year or the year before that. What I found was a litany of summer *things*. I have a penchant for details, so I understand why I talked about sunglasses and watermelon and other trappings of June & July. I think what I missed in doing that though is the feeling of summer.
|My cousin graduated high school, and I don't know why we are posing like this.|
To me, summer feels like deja vu of 12 months ago, remembering the scent of suntan lotion on beach towels, a warm gust of wind before an afternoon thunderstorm, or neighborhood cookout smells hopping over fences and down sidewalks. I still get goose bumped nostalgia some days recalling the feeling of summers years or even decades ago. I can specifically remember the joy walking home from elementary school one year knowing that after the busyness of chorus concerts and end of the year parties and book fairs, there was calm, no more homework, and anticipation of all the fun to come. At dusk some days I'm taken back to the nights around my high school graduation, blasting the radio with the windows down, party hopping, proud of what we had done.
|definitely a summer baby like her momma|
Summer has come to life in big ways for our family so far. We have danced barefoot at outdoor concerts. We have taken a big road trip. Landon has a swim lesson on Friday, and Copeland has a birthday next month. This summer is going to be big!
When I hear Bob Marley, beach music, Jimmy Buffet, or the Beach Boys, I'm taken back to summers of old, and I realize the great responsibility and joy that I have to help make summer memories with my kiddos. I see my cousin who was Landon's age when I graduated high school walk across his own stage and I think about my past and my kids' futures. I'm so happy that I get to enjoy this summer with my crazy fun family.