Every year I create a list of small ways to celebrate the summer season, a practice of mine that dates back to my Chicago days. When I began blogging, I started posting my lists and trying to come up with a fresh series of ideas each year. However, after only coming up with three new ideas for this yearâ€™s list, I passed the baton on to the formerly small people and asked for their take on things. My younger son, mesmerized by his own brilliance during his youth, immediately began spouting all his ideas from former lists, like ice cream for breakfast and staying up all night. My older son said nothing because he was in the middle of playing Star Wars: Battlefront II and was thus beyond all human reach. Baby-Girl, however, delivered a fascinating list, so Iâ€™ll share my three ideas and then move on to hers, all for your reading pleasure.
- Drink your drinks of choice this summer all with brightly colored straws. It just makes the ordinary a little more fun.
- Break your routine (if you have one) and walk a path youâ€™ve never walked before (literally, not figuratively, although personally Iâ€™m fine if you want to do it figuratively as well). Find a trail, a pathway, or a neighborhood youâ€™ve never explored and check it out.
- Get a tattoo. Iâ€™ve been on the fence about getting one for some time now (commitment issues), but summer seems like a great time to take the plunge. If nothing else, summer clothes make it easier to show off that which is new about you.
Baby-Girlâ€™s List (The words in quotation marks are her words.)
- â€œHave a Momâ€™s Camp. Let the mom in the family pick what everyone does for the day. Like go to the beach with Mom, get Momâ€™s nails done while everyone watches, and eat lots of chocolate.â€ Note: She emphasized that this one, unlike other camps, is â€œjust for a day.â€
- â€œOh, and then you can have another one for the dad and another one (she became quite animated here) for each of the kids in the family!!!â€
- â€œHave a Reading Fest. You get up in the morning and go to the bookstore. And everyone buys books. Then, go to the library and check out more books. Then, go home and spend the day reading.â€ We discussed planning a food stash ahead of time so meals and snacks are ready to go. Baby-Girl also mentioned to â€œmake sure that you stay hydrated.â€ Weâ€™ve all, of course, heard the many harrowing accounts of people who suddenly dehydrated while reading.
- â€œMake a family store. Everyone can sell the stuff they donâ€™t want anymore to each other.â€ Create a mental picture of that one for a moment.
- â€œTry a new hairstyle. Why donâ€™t you wear braids to work, Mom?â€
- â€œDip your feet in water for an hour, and while you do it, do something fun like read a book. And also, dip your hair in a little bucket of water.â€
Well, thatâ€™s it yâ€™all. I hope your summer is filled with love, laughter, lounging, and lots of dipping your hair in little buckets of water.