When my kids were younger, we filled our summer days with swimming lessons, early mornings outside playing and swinging, after lunch quiet time with books and movies, and after-dinner games of Foursquare followed by Keebler Ice Cream Cones...the colored ones...dripping with scoops of ice cream.
Three of those littles are grown now. Life and work mean they aren't here as much as before and so my Flynn and I have different kinds of summer days. We sleep in a bit later. We watch movies and eat late breakfasts. We read outside and she swings on the swingset just as my others did. We play Battleship...the original not the fancy-schmancy electronic one... and listen to music. Sometimes she plays in her room, and I sit down with a cup of afternoon coffee and am filled with memories of days gone by.
Those days of sprinklers and popsicles, screen doors slamming, grass stains, and bandaids might be behind me. But I am loving watching those little ones as the adults they have become, and am blessed that they return here at the end of the day, even my married one with her husband, opening the door, dropping dress shoes instead of flip flops or sneakers, asking what is for dinner, and telling me about their day. I am also blessed that they include their little sister in the fun activities they enjoy together, like last-minute trips to Perkins for the first time since they reopened.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends. Enjoy your summer days with the people you love.