An ode to summer

Making memories in a too short summer season

We kicked off summer a few weeks early this year because school ended earlier than usual, and we will extend it past Labor Day this year because school is starting later, but regardless, I cannot believe it is almost August.

Even in this business of slowing life down, and our summer having been much quieter than normal, it has flown by. Carter is having his tonsils and adenoids out this week and I know by the time we are through his recovery we will be in the home stretch.

I want to savor all the moments — squeeze in walks at dusk after dinner, extra ice cream cones and evening swims. I want a few more beach days and lazy mornings. Most of all, I want to ignore the stress and pressure that will surround this bizarre school year. I want to stretch out this part of their childhood innocence and smell their summer scents running through my house.

But even though we have only been to the beach once, and we haven’t taken any big adventures, and our annual family lake vacation was canceled, this summer has been amazing.

We have laughed, we have more than broken in our new play set and inflatable water slide, we have had ice cream for dinner and we have stayed up late. We have spent more time with the cousins who live near us and it is remarkable to watch that that bond grow.

I am not ready to trade my favorite season in for my second favorite one just yet. I want these hot days and warm, well-lit nights to last a bit longer. But this summer we have made memories that last forever and I am reminded how blessed I am.

Lauren Martone is a blogger for ParentingNH from southern New Hampshire. You can contact her at lmart0825@gmail.com. Lauren and her family’s story were featured in the July 2015 issue of ParentingNH and in the July 2018 issue.

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