Remember when we were little and summer meant everything. Long lazy days at the beach hanging with friends and family sun kissed skin streaky blonde hair, fried clams, sandy feet, grass stained knees. I remember the summer that my father taught me how to eat an ice cream cone.. lick by lick and clean up the sides so no drippings hit my hands or legs. The sound of the squeaky screen door shutting with a slap and waiting for the sweet corn to be just right before eating it every day.
I felt like that this summer..... this was one of the best summers that I can remember since the days of my youth.. Maybe it was because I wasn’t working as much or maybe it was because I wasn't pregnant and I am sure it had to to with the fact that Kingsley is getting older and can appreciate more. Also Cash is old enough to enjoy it all and take it all in. Josh and I tried to get away every weekend and mix it up and try different places.. We went to lake George with the kids, explored parts of Brooklyn, went to my parents in CT, the Hamptons headed up to Vancouver for an adult weekend with friends, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles and even made it to Lego Land in San Diego..
Some how the schlepping back and fourth to camp for drop off and pick up just didn’t seem so bad this summer.. I enjoyed that extra time with Cash in the back of a Taxi gazing out the window toward the river, picking him up all sweaty and tired from a long day of sports and water activities, listening to all of the new games he played and friends he had made. The city was sleepy this summer.. I enjoyed the tourists in my neighborhood asking for directions. It was awesome having minimal traffic and always being able to get a cab. I actually looked forward to taking Kingsley to the park on those HOT HOT days and playing in the water. I always love hitting up Mr Softee rain or shine.. we would wait in line and when it was our turn... we always ended up ordering the same thing.. somehow this summer seemed different? Better, longer, warmer, and funner! (or proper english more fun)
As Labor Day approaches I find myself sad to have school start and be back to the grind of school drop off, packing lunches, home work and after school activities..
This summer I appreciated summer for what it was.. that simple time, peaceful, warm, time with family and friends.. this summer for me was about the sandy feet and the sun kissed skin. It was about stepping back and appreciating what I have and what I am blessed with and grateful for. A wonderful husband, 2 beautiful children and a really awesome group of friends and family.
Growing up we had a house on a Lake in CT.. it was this great little cabin. We would spend a lot of the summer up there and I have so many fond memories from that little cabin. There was this rock on the lake that some kids spray painted on it read ENDLESS SUMMER ... this summer after all these years I get it.. this was my endless summer and I look forward to many many more.