Summer so far has been sweet. August has a habit of sneaking up on me, but I really don't mind this time around. This season has been so hot and sunny that I don't feel cheated like last year, when we had a soggy, cool July and August.
It might be August, but Summer is not over yet. We still have a few weeks before school begins again. My vacation week just began yesterday, and I'm enjoying some time off with my boys before they spend their Annual One Week with Dad. We are having a bonafide "staycation", complete with a host of day trips, adventures, and plain ol' hanging around time. Much ice cream has already been consumed, and it's only Day Two. Good times. The boys will enjoy more of the same with their dad next week, as well as the following week when Ian takes the week of to be with them. I don't know if it takes a village to raise children, as Hillary Clinton has suggested. But it definitely takes at least three parents.
With all the good times so far this Summer, I feel like I've launched into a new head space. Life still continues to present its challenges on one front or another, but I have a newfound sense of peace with it all--at least recently. Maybe I've reached a new level of acceptance of the things I cannot control as well as greater confidence about the things I can control. Or maybe I've stopped holding so tightly to memories and expectations of the future. The more I relax about things, the more I enjoy the ride. And isn't that the point?
So while (most of) the school supplies have already been purchased, I'm going to savor the sweetness of each moment this season until its last drop--swimming in neighbors' and friends' pools, splashing the kids in the ocean, amusement park rides, water slides, fried dough, fireworks, the occasional front porch beer with my neighbors (good friends, all of them), long walks with Cee Cee by the seawall, taking all three dogs to swim at Black Rock Fort, Italian ice from Libby's, the Saturday morning farmers market, yoga on the beach, seeing A-Rod hit 600 at Yankee Stadium, extra time spent with my mother, brother and sister, lunch on Granmda's back porch while the cicadas buzzed, butterflies everywhere, bike rides, state parks, a growing seaglass collection, new books, old books re-read, happy hour with some close friends, movies, arcades, board games, concerts on the green, festivals and carnivals, lazy afternoons in the backyard lounge chairs, bocce and basketball games with the kids, native heirloom tomato salads, boat rides and berry picking.
And that's just what we've done so far.
Thank you, Summer, for your heat and sunshine that forces us to slow down, switch off the autopilot in our lives, and use our five senses again.