It’s Summer–Don’t Forget

In the midst of all our busyness–and by that I mean vacation planning, and packing, and unpacking, and driving the children here, there, and everywhere, and signing up for all the fall stuff, and nagging people to sign up for all the fall stuff–in the midst of all of it, don’t forget.

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Don’t forget to bury your children. Remember, you have the upper hand in negotiating the release.

Don’t forget to search out bodies of water–a lake, a pond, the creek, the ocean. They slow you down. In a good way.

Don’t forget to get your hair wet. (Pools, rain, wherever. It’ll dry. Eventually. I swear)

Don’t forget to watch a baseball game with your kid.

Don’t forget to read a story out loud. (We were stuck in traffic, eastern shore, no radio, deep sighs. Then, Counting by 7’s. Saved by a book, again. Thank you books.)

Don’t forget to call a friend for a glass of wine, a walk, a chat.

Don’t forget to sit with your partner on a porch, a deck, a patio, the front stoop.  Just hang out. Agree to not discuss logistics.

Don’t forget to hit your state fair; pick crabs, eat deep-fried anything, catch the drippy bits of your kids’ ice cream cone. Heck, make it your own cone.

Don’t forget to lie on the grass and look at the stars.

Don’t forget to watch an outdoor concert. There’s a melding of music and sky and grass that feels so very alive.

Because. There will always be laundry. And college plans and soccer and the grocery list.

But this summer day, with these people, and this time? It’s only once.

Take it.

Author: Kristin O'Keefe

Kristin O’Keefe has bartended in Scotland, written speeches for college presidents, and led communications & marketing for an economic development organization. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney's, Barrelhouse, Your Teen, Grown and Flown, and Scary Mommy. Find her on Twitter @_KristinOKeefe and Facebook at Kristin O'Keefe, writer.

3 thoughts on “It’s Summer–Don’t Forget

  1. Sherri Holdridge says:

    Great post – great words to follow and so true – Summer goes by way to fast – enjoyed it!

    1. Kristin O'Keefe says:

      Absolutely Sherri, especially since the mad fall rush is already knocking at the door. Trying to ease it shut and just enjoy these golden days a bit longer…

  2. Darlene Campbell says:

    That’s what it is all about – staying in the moment- and making memories. Your family is delightful. Beautiful hubby and kids…which makes all that family business quite worth it.


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