Well, summer’s wrapping up, and we’re getting ready for school to start. And looking back at the past 10 weeks, there are definitely things I’m going to miss – and not miss – about summer.
I’m definitely going to miss sleeping in. And then cooking eggs, reading the paper and having a long lazy morning.
But I won’t miss the kids staying up late every night. Pausing “The Real Housewives” every time they walk through the room totally ruins the momentum of whatever drama is unfolding. Just not the same as being able to watch it straight through.
I’ll miss the smell of sunscreen in my car, chlorine on my towels and charcoal from the grill. But I won’t miss the smell of sweaty socks, the one wet towel that always gets left in the car and the mildewed clothes in the wash that I always forgot about because it took three hours to watch “The Real Housewives” instead of one.
I won’t miss the phrases “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to do.” But I’ll miss them too, because it was an open invitation to have them help make beds, wash dishes and dig towels out of the car seats.
I’ll miss going to the movies, the bowling alley, the pool, the climbing wall and the yogurt place. All in one week. But I won’t miss scouring the paper each morning, trying to map out the perfect fun-filled day of entertainment, wondering how long we’ve got before we get swimmer’s ear, a broken bone or head lice. (The answer is three weeks, by the way. And I’m not telling you which one.)
I’ll miss seeing all my kids’ friends and being able to hang out with them. But I won’t miss not seeing any of mine. The whole summer I haven’t seen a soul. Even when one of them brings her kid over, she uses my circular drive for a quick drop-off. Because she knows she’s got an hour and a half to work out, make two phone calls and fast-forward through “The Real Housewives.”
I’ll miss going to the beach. But I won’t miss packing up tents, chairs, umbrellas, rafts, iPods, beach bags, coolers, games, movies, tennis racquets, bikes, food and drinks, for some reason ALL needed – to make a beach, of all things – enjoyable.
I’ll miss a burger or a hot dog being perfectly acceptable to eat every night. Same with the kids wearing the same clothes every day. Cuts down on Costco runs and laundry. But I won’t miss eating a burger or a hot dog every day. And seeing the kids in the same clothes.
And I definitely won’t miss scrambling to find a camp and filling out registration forms … Because it’s time to do it for next summer.