“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James
As I was reading Sarah’s blog earlier this week, I found myself thinking some similar thoughts. As a working Mom, I am constantly wondering if I do enough with my children. I mean, where did the summer go? Did we have enough fun? What did we even do? Am I failing them by filling our weekends with errands and obligations, for what seems like every weekend, year in and year out?
How did we even spend our time during their summer break; those precious few weeks? What did I do besides work, send them off to camp, and take care of all the “have tos”?
I started looking through my photos from the past three months, and I saw that we actually did have fun, for reals! They did go to camp, yes, and I did go to work. We ran errands and did mundane crap like cleaning bathrooms and grocery shopping. But interspersed with that were moments both big and small that created real memories that will stick with me, and I hope my kids will remember them fondly as well.
We frolicked in the summer heat on a Friday afternoon.
Celebrated the beginning of a new school year.
Went for a bike ride and kayaking on the river.
Watched local musical performances.
Had fun when cousins came to visit.
Went to the beach when school ended.
Along with last day of school shenanigans.
So I might not have daily memories of all of the fun stuff we did over the summer, but I do have evidence that we did, indeed, have fun this summer in the sunshine and at the beach and in the water and with friends and family. And whenever I get bogged down in the minutiae, I will remind myself that these are the kinds of moments that can and do happen year round, I just need to take a moment to appreciate them, and smile.
(Photos by Jennifer Helfrich – do not use without permission)