Every year around this time, I start getting antsy. I start to realize the summer I have been waiting for is already halfway over. All of a sudden, I realize there is so much I want to do and so little time left to do it. I finally switched into summer mode just in time to start thinking of when the local beach will be closing.
Maybe this is because there’s no actual official beginning or end of summer for me — work, preschool, and daycare are all year-round. And so commitments, too, are all year-round. Maybe it’s because this is New England, and when you get 70 degrees in February and nor’easters in March, it’s really hard to believe any weather is here to stay. Maybe it’s because I’m a lousy transitioner.
Whatever the reason, my vow for August is that I will not let the rest of my summer slip away.
I will stop over-thinking. I will embrace the hot, laid-back days and late nights.
I will start saying YES to summer!
I will say yes to more trips to the local beach and not care about the sand that gets in the car seats.
I will say yes to driving up to Maine so my baby can be startled by the ocean waves for the first time (and I will try not to care about the traffic).
I will say yes to the nighttime outdoor concerts on the common, even though I know getting out the door the next day will be a nightmare.
I will say yes to ice cream again and again and teach my kids that summer is the time for extra special treats.
I will say yes to summer because that carefree summertime cheer will soon be gone. I will say yes because my summer dresses will be swapped for corduroys and sweaters soon enough. I will say yes because those summer concerts won’t be here much longer, and it will be dark at 6 p.m. before we know it.
This August, I really hope I do say yes!