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Flip Flops

My gnarly, flip-flopped feet!

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, a time to celebrate those who have served our country, spend time with family, barbeque, and hit the pool for the first time. For me, it has always marked the beginning of summer. Although I’m now 40 years old and the working mother of 4, I still get a thrill at this time of year.

School isn’t out for the summer for me and my work schedule will remain unchanged, but I do feel like life gets a little less structured for the next few months. I’ll get a break from having to keep a rigid daily calendar chronicling my kids’ school activities, I won’t have to make school lunches or schedule time to help with homework in the evenings, most of our meals will be cooked on the grill and not on the stove, I’ll spend most days wearing flip flops rather than shoes, and odds are, we will feed and bathe our kids at our swim club so that when we come home, the littlest ones are already in their PJ’s and ready for bed. What’s that saying? “It’s summertime and the living is easy…”!

There is a lot to love about summer, but there are also a few things of which I am not so fond.

I do NOT love having three teenaged kids lying around the house watching TV all day. When I was their age, we spent our summers at the pool, riding bikes, or playing kick the can with the kids in our neighborhood. I don’t even remember watching television that time of year. Now, with cable TV, DVR, and on-demand, their favorite shows seem to be on 24-7 and their bottoms are firmly planted on the couch!

I also do NOT love the fact that while my kids have all this free time I do not. This time of year, I am more than a little jealous of my friends who are stay-at-home moms. While I’m glued to my computer in my air conditioned house, they go to the gym and then bring their kids to the pool for long, lazy days of sun, swimming, and playtime. The perfect world for me would be to work a half day and then bring my kids to the pool to join in the fun, but that is definitely not in the cards for me any time soon!

If this year is like every other, summer will pass in a flash. Looking ahead, I hope that I can find the time to enjoy the best parts of summer, and I wish for my kids that they will recognize what a special time this is in their lives. All too soon, they’ll be grown up and in the working world and like me, the lazy summers of their past will have live on in their memories.

Now that you’re all grown up, what are your favorite childhood memories of summertime?

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