Squeezing Out the Summer
BLTs for dinner with the few ripe tomatoes from our garden.
Fried green tomatoes while we wait for more to ripen.
A late night run for milk and milkshakes that resulted in driving through cornfields, windows open and perfect music on the radio – Ice Ice Baby, Whoomp There It Is and Hypnotize.
Deciding what to squeeze into this last month before school starts.
Wiping off dirty feet and sweat and dirt streaked cheeks at bedtime.
Ice cream and popsicles.
Playing in the backyard in the still-lit hour before bedtime, but noticing the softening light as it ever-so-slowly gets darker earlier.
Water play dates.
The joy of finding just the things I tried to grow in our garden that fizzled before even starting – there they were waiting for me at my favorite stand at the Farmer’s Market.
Finding new spots to play inside.
Rearranging furniture and spending an entire afternoon during naps of cleaning, organizing bookshelves, clearing and organizing the coat closet, sorting too small clothes, making piles for Salvation Army, throwing out way too much junk, clearing piles of paperwork that’s been waiting…it felt good. Very good. I need to do more of this.
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I spend so much time looking to the next season that it often feels that halfway through one season I’m ready for the next. I’ve started noticing the earlier fading light and a few changing leaves and felt myself getting excited for that crisp fall air, but I’m trying really hard to focus only on this beautiful summertime that we have. So much goodness left that I don’t want to waste it by not being present.
How are you squeezing out the bits of summer around your world?