The kids are playing outside after school until we drag them in kicking and screaming for showers and homework.
Ahhh, I love summertime. Not the heat, mind you. I love air conditioning more than sweating through my T-shirt. But I love the slower pace of summertime, the long days, the last minute plans, the grilling out, and the just- doing-nothing-at-all-ordinary moments.
To me, summertime is about the time we spend with our family and friends. I love making iced tea or lemonade and sipping it on the porch while visiting with a friend who popped over unexpectedly. I love taking a walk with the kids on the country roads around our farm, and talking about complex subjects like what to make for supper or which ice cream flavor is the best. I love going on bike rides on the bike trails to nowhere at all and staying up well past bedtime knowing we can all sleep in a little in the morning.
Some of my favorite summer evenings involve lighting a fire in our fire pit and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, sitting by the fire’s glow until well past dark as the kids catch lightning bugs and climb the chestnut tree as high as they can go. Summertime is about going barefoot in the grass, running through the sprinkler and eating popsicles on the front porch. About hiking, biking and liking every minute of it.
Summertime is about the joy in the ordinary moments of life when we are not in a rush to get somewhere or do something. When we can sit and watch a youth baseball game and catch up with friends we have not seen since last baseball season. It’s about camping, exploring and rediscovering old friendships and new adventures.
I plant a vegetable garden in the summer, but spend more time raising weeds than vegetables. I plant flowers in the summer, but spend more time wishing I had a green thumb than enjoying the blooms. My windows get dusty in the summer, and I usually have to wash them a few times. Oh the screens need to be repaired, the porch needs to be scrubbed and the lawn must be mowed. There is always more work than there are hours in the day in the summertime.
But it doesn’t seem to get me down, and let me assure you that I spend more time sipping lemonade than getting work done. Summer is about the people, and I just love people, hanging out with new friends and old. And summertime is the perfect time to do that.
Ahhh, the warm breezes in Ohio mean that summer is in the air. I may go and sit on our porch swing this evening and watch the kids playing outside. I might even sip on some lemonade. Though I may need to wear a jacket just yet, and maybe warm coffee might be better than lemonade. But if I take a deep breath, I can tell that summer is in the air.
And summertime is the perfect time to make the ordinary….extraordinary.
Published: April 16, 2012