I have my kids’ school supply lists saved on my phone, but I’m ignoring them. But knowing they’re there has me wanting to cram more summer into the next three weeks.
Yep, three weeks from today my kids begin fifth and second grades. (Let’s not even ponder how this is even possible. Weren’t they just babies?)
Even in a swimsuit, summer is comfortable to me.
Comfort is homemade mac and cheese, long conversations with those who know you best, songs that bring back the best memories, popsicles on summer days, and books with redemption. It’s a T-shirt, slow mornings, snacks on a road trip, and traditions.
Comfort can come through any of the senses, sometimes when least expected. It interrupts the hustle of normal life and calms a weary soul.
This summer has been particularly sweet when it comes to reminiscing. I’ve had my 20th high school reunion, a small college reunion with some friends who gathered at a friend’s 40th birthday party, a dear friend and her four kids who used to be part of our everyday life when they lived here come visit for a few days, and a host of other summertime memories that weave themselves into our days as I make new memories with my kids.
(And I know one day they will be glad I made these friends hold hands and jump into the pool together because, really, isn’t that pretty much a metaphor for life?)
We’re going to Sam’s this afternoon to stock up on paper plates and popsicles for these next three weeks and probably some afternoons when the temperatures still indicate summer even after my kids have to get back to school.
Of course, there are still things we want to do. Maybe visit a nearby water park. Try the still-new-to-us Bahama Bucks. And maybe drink another a milkshake.
Then give me my current fiction read with some more time beside the pool for the next three weeks. Let my calendar be filled with friends and the freezer with enough popsicles to go around.
Oh, and don’t worry, I will let the kids get their school supplies before Aug. 9 arrives.
In case you missed it, I shared about knowing & trusting God deeply enough to dream alongside Him at God-sized Dreams earlier this week.